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Arts & Society

Chapbooks: A Short History of the Short Book

February 14, 2012
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Scholars of Anglo-Saxon history and language contend that the prefix “chap-” is derived from the ancient word “ceap,” while others maintain it is merely a corruption of “cheap;” however, most attribute the word’s popularity to the chapman—European peddler, reporter, and rogue-of-all-trades from the 16th to at least the 18th century.

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Possibility and Grace

February 8, 2012
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This is a strange story. It is liable to get me laughed at.

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Sweet Sue Terry and “Hurt Hawks”

January 18, 2012
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At one point, I made a very precarious living playing piano in a couple bars, one of which was run by a coke fiend who had a driver pick me up for the gig three times a week.

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Reflections on “The &NOW Festival of New Writing” in San Diego, 2011

January 9, 2012
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Poetry and poetics matter because words create the contours of what we can do.

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Abigail Stone: Wrapped in Newspaper

December 27, 2011
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Mother was never prepared for Christmas. We would drive around in the old car on Christmas eve looking for a tree.

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Disabilty as talent: The perfection of the broken

December 14, 2011
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I have an older brain damaged brother, Peter. In 1953, a small pox vaccination failed to localize and shot up to his brain.

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Why I can never hate the Susquehanna

November 22, 2011
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I can never hate the Susquehanna, not if it took my last dollar, not if it made me look like a grade z version of some extra who got lost on his lunch break from a remake of “The Grapes of Wrath” and ended up standing poised against the wrong unforgiving sky.

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New Jersey Transit Today

November 21, 2011
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It’s all a spectacle — something not able to be understood (a young woman takes her life by walking into an oncoming speeding Amtrak train at 4:45 PM on a beautiful day).

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The actual slaughter of the gods: The Great Gatsby, Goldman Sachs, and Zombies

November 8, 2011
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We worship death and call it ultimate life.

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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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A Truly Democratic Poetry

October 7, 2011
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American literature sprung truly from the soil of democracy would be lively, but unrefined, poor on rules of thumb, sacrificing refinement to vitality.

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Metaphysicians in the Dark: Poetry, Thinking, and Nostalgia for the Idea

September 7, 2011
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Does poetry think with philosophy? Or might we re-pose the question: does poetry rely on philosophy to think?

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Why I Hate “The Arts”

August 31, 2011
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Perhaps it is the ends of art I hate–the way it is “valued” rather than integrated into the dynamic of being alive.

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Didactic Sonnet

August 2, 2011
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If Plato came back today and saw the workshop, craft obsessed nature of poetics, he’d give his approval, but not for reasons poets might like: Plato would approve because the stupidity of inspiration has been removed from the writing of poems.

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The Practice of Poetry

July 19, 2011
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The poetry lesson is that poetry is a practice.

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All in a Day’s Work

July 12, 2011
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These types of genres are a narratologist’s dream, because one can spend an inordinate amount of time (even in a 190 page book like this one) teasing out the tiniest components of this unfamiliar world.

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