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Poem of the Week: Robert Kelly

March 3, 2011
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[Poem for Easter]

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The photographic character of photographs

March 2, 2011
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A question I’ve been toying with: can one photograph in such a way as to make that invisible visible? In such a way as to make the photography part of the photograph? To show the texture of the thing, and not erase it?

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Underground Revisited by Yahia Lababidi: With Introduction by Brian Chappell

March 1, 2011
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Abominable Ladies and Gentleman, thank me for coming!

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Stirring of consciousness, awakening of reason

February 28, 2011
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Thin Kimono is a book of mistaken identities: a hallucinogenic wandering through a cocktail party the night before the invention of the internet. The party is populated with individuals you may or may not know. Your wife is a slightly altered version of herself.

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Scattered Rhymes: Colin Cheney

February 26, 2011
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Ben Pease interviews Colin Cheney on the Scattered Rhymes Podcasts.

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Ur Poems: Sarah V. Schweig

February 25, 2011
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The first poem I ever loved was The Raven. Specifically, one line from the poem haunted me when I was young, and still does: “The silken sad uncertain rustling of each purple curtain.”

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Poem of the Week: Jean Valentine

February 24, 2011
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[dearest,]

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In praise of crazy sculptures

February 23, 2011
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If all art does is make us stroke our chins and say in somber tones, “very interesting,” then art isn’t worth it to me.

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Meditation on Milosz

February 22, 2011
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We must always be as careful with nostalgia as we are with most forms of vulgarity: it is too close to the whore’s heart, and can be used by politicians to promote a “purity,” an Edenic return that supports the most vile sense of the volk.

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Bob Kaufman’s Solitudes Crowded With Loneliness

February 21, 2011
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Paradoxically, the Beats depicted themselves and the society they were rejecting in surreal imagery. America, in their estimation is a surrealist circus, full of absurdities.

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David Shapiro’s sonnets set to song

February 21, 2011

[Recital: March 21st]

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Scattered Rhymes: Solmaz Sharif

February 19, 2011
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Ben Pease interviews Solmaz Sharif on the Scattered Rhymes Podcast.

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Poem of the Week: Mark Wunderlich

February 17, 2011
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[Once I Walked Out]

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Anne Carson’s “Just Hearsay” with Illustrations by Bianca Stone

February 16, 2011
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The poem “Just Hearsay” by Anne Carson, illustrated by Bianca Stone.

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Dispatch after emerging from the post-AWP hangover: or My first AWP

February 15, 2011
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At a party last Thursday night after a full day at this year’s AWP conference, I broke one of my own absolute rules – never, under any circumstances resort to quoting The Big Lebowski.

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The Actual Voice of Someone Else: Philip Levine’s “News of the World”

February 14, 2011
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News of the World certainly offers some typical-feeling moves to those familiar with Levine’s oeuvres, it also contains formal variations and preoccupations that will amuse and surprise both his admirers and those who don’t yet know his work.

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