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Arts & Society

Featured Press: Called Back Books (Inaugural feature!)

June 3, 2014

CALLED BACK BOOKS—a new press run out of Oakland, CA and crafted by the poets Sharon Zetter and Lucas M. Rivera—stresses the import of THE BOOK and will be focusing on small volumes from emerging writers, highlighting the discourse of POETRY and a range of mediums germane to the question of ART, METAPHYSICS, LANGUAGE, ETHICS, ETC.

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On a Harsh Winter

April 7, 2014
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It was night: disorienting. Outside, the stars inside the snow were glittering, and you could hear snow and ice melt all around you if you listened. That was a rough winter. Every winter is rough.

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March 8, 1971

March 8, 2014
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I loved them without hope–the way it should be.

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The Writer and the Introvert go to Dinner

February 19, 2014
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I can’t stand when people “collect” their loves and hoard them. Dragons do that.

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Excellence in Student Writing: Introduction

February 10, 2014
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That’s when I feel most satisfied as a teacher: when I see a spark of something in a student that I admire.

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How the 90s Went

February 5, 2014
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As I recall people thought muffins were good for you at the beginning of the 90s, and bad for you by the end of the 90s.

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Meditations on Augustine

January 29, 2014
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In terms of revelation, this most well-reasoned church father, this prince of rhetoricians, this ghost that haunts the whole of Derrida is left weeping violently under a fig tree and allowing the chanting voice of some gender undetermined child to determine the course for the rest of his life.

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Notes from A White Working Class That No Longer Exists (or what I have learned while being in the higher realms)

January 22, 2014
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I thought since I had to witness a whole bunch of snotty poets dissect the working class poets (or lack thereof) on a thread today, I’d have some fun and brand them as they brand folks like me.

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My Kind of Tree!

January 15, 2014
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What I like best about black cherries is how ugly they are, how fully without life or merit they seem until flowering in June.

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In defense of the motley rather than the trans-disciplinary

December 18, 2013
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Any real learning is contingent upon judicious digression.

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The difference between a loose cannon and a free thinker

December 11, 2013
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Institutional art is an oxymoron. It’s like fat free sausage. Why bother?

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Radical Poetry

December 4, 2013
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The radical poetry of 100 years ago was not radical in terms of style. It was conventional in terms of style and this doomed much of it.

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Why ‘standards’ are the chief power of stupidity in terms of systems

November 27, 2013
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The internet revolution has taken books and publication out of the control of the gatekeepers and the prevailing standard makers. So I predict the “reform” (which is already happening) will not be related to “publish or perish” but to “get grants get prizes, and funding or perish.”

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Against the cult of personality, toward communitas

November 13, 2013
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I have a vision for readings in which everyone is welcome–in which 80 year olds and teenagers, good poets and bad poets, normatives and crazies meet on equal footing because, in the ceremony of bread, in James and Buber, your “personage” is what you leave behind when you enter the temple.

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The Blessings of My Recent Insomnia

November 6, 2013
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To abide with this daughter is deeper than any understanding. Forget understanding. Forget mystery, too. This sort of love is the closest I will ever get to being the shadow of a great stone–something still, and stolid and beyond both understanding, and mystery–a presence, a weight that does not need to be lifted, and is no weight at all.

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The Ideal Reader as an Act of Faith

October 2, 2013
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The reader you wish to write for is an act of faith.

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