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THEthe Poetry: 2010 Year in Review

by Micah Towery TheThe Poetry Blog
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All answers, of course, are functions of the question, so…take this list with a grain of salt.

Poem of the Week: Matthew Rohrer

by Bianca Stone Poems of the Week
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[Do you get any reception here?]

Literary Movements: Insider as Outsider and Token Renegade

by Joe Weil Academia
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When gaining a foothold among the establishment, it is important the so called “outsiders” or mavericks have a figure fully anchored within the establishment who can be “acceptable.”

To Beginner Poets

by Emily Vogel Poetry and Poetics
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A poet CAN be taught to twist his pain into clever metaphor and image, but at the same time, must have healthy relationship to his sanity.

Year-End Fiction Favorites: 2010

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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Why do we make lists?

Poetry Fix, Episode 17: Milosz

by Chris Robinson Poetry and Poetics
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Mary Karr and Christopher Robinson discuss Czeslaw Milosz’s poems “On Prayer” and “And Yet the Books.”

Scattered Rhymes: Evan Hansen

by Ben Pease Poetry and Poetics
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I’ve never seen Evan Hansen wear a cowboy hat, but his pensive look in this picture displays the same concern he shows in his poetry for people and the tremendous, unspeakable burdens they carry on a daily basis.

Poem of the Week: Mark Bibbins

by Bianca Stone Poems of the Week
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[Big Badness by Mark Bibbins]

The Master’s Thesis: Synetic Theater’s The Master and Margarita

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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To help get my mind around what Synetic Theater was trying to do with their adaptation of Bulgakov’s oppression-defying, faith-affirming romp The Master and Margarita, I turned to Linda Hutcheon’s helpful study of postmodern adaptations.

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: On Piety

by Joe Weil Aesthetics
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In the full complexity of human constructs piety is the rhetoric of conflicting and supposedly coherent values.

C.D. Wright’s Masterpiece

by Michael Klein Poetry and Poetics
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History as a subject reads best when it is both documented and re-imagined

Ronin Poet: Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings

by Levi Rubeck Poetry and Poetics
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Brian Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings is the closest thing in English, spiritually, to haiku that I can possibly think of.

Poem(s) of the Week: M.A. Vizsolyi

by Bianca Stone Poems of the Week
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[The Case of Archie 12 & 10]

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: Some Definitions and a Parable about Chickens

by Joe Weil Academia
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The chickens are purifying their system, purging it of corruption. Meanwhile, the chickens who willfully refuse to answer the bell are seen as impious, as negative, as renegades.

Here Be Dragons

by Colie Hoffman Writing
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We all have our ways of dealing with the unknown, I guess. Apparently cartographers used to write “Here be dragons” on sections of uncharted territory, especially oceans.

On Poets and Speakers

by Emily Vogel Poetry and Poetics
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I’ll read a poem about death, sadness, and strife, and in some cases, the suffering of the speaker, and then meet and converse with the contented and well-adjusted poet.

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