Micah Towery

Why E-books are not Books (and will probably change publishing)

October 24, 2011
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Until now, many publishers have treated e-books as an extension of the book: hardcover, paperback, e-book. It’s not; it’s an entirely different medium.

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The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

August 19, 2011
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

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Tom Sleigh, Anthropologist

June 29, 2011
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Formality, in this case, allows Sleigh to achieve a reflexivity and self-awareness without the cloying injections that deliberately remind the reader of the existence of the poet.

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Translating Horace: Ode i.5

April 12, 2011
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Horace is just too good a craftsman for a translation to do him any ultimate justice. Yet I believe translators hope for a sort of “good will” that can exist between between themselves and the poet.

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Kenneth Burke: Do you Eros into Logos? (with a note on Tu Fu)

March 18, 2011
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Poets who write for self-expression write awful poetry. They don’t seek advice but affirmation.

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How Tu Fu Works

March 11, 2011
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We perceive a break between images and feeling. But perhaps this break is artificial. We acknowledge that images can evoke feelings, perhaps that there is an “objective correlative” that can reliably evoke feelings. But perhaps what is being suggested here is that the category break is weaker than we think. The image (object) is already interpreted: “values are the way we see things.”

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Some Notes on Translations of Horace

February 7, 2011
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If you are a poet writing in English, you carry Horace in your own voice.

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THEthe Poetry: 2010 Year in Review

December 31, 2010
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All answers, of course, are functions of the question, so…take this list with a grain of salt.

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Civil Rights Moonwalk: Michael Jackson, Armond White, and Democracy

December 3, 2010
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A focus on the human person allows White to cut right to the heart of cultural issues without getting lost or tossed around in the media firestorms that accompany cultural events.

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Poem of the Week Doubleheader! Colie Hoffman & Maya Funaro

November 25, 2010
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[Poem of the Week: Maya Funaro and Colie Hoffman]

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Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman “Limits”

November 18, 2010
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[Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman]

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Translation, Film, and the ESL Student

November 11, 2010
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A new language is a bully. Learning a new language is not really learning a new way to communicate, but a new way to think.

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¿What Where? Poetry Series

November 9, 2010

[Reading: Nov. 17]

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Adam Fitzgerald’s “Life of Gorgias”

November 1, 2010
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Not only is Adam a teaching, magazine editing, book publishing maniac, he’s also managed to put together a poem collage in all that spare time he has.

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Sarah V. Schweig, Zachary Pace, & more!

October 15, 2010

[Reading: Oct 22]

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Is Democracy Incompatible with the Humanities?

October 15, 2010
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Humanities programs aren’t being attacked because the voters are cretinous philistines (though we poets & writers prefer to stroke our own egos in thinking so). The humanities are suffering an identity crisis and are being picked off as the weakest competitors for state funding.

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