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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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Poem of the Week: Matthew Rohrer

December 30, 2010
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[Do you get any reception here?]

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Literary Movements: Insider as Outsider and Token Renegade

December 29, 2010
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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.”

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To Beginner Poets

December 28, 2010
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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.

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Year-End Fiction Favorites: 2010

December 27, 2010
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Why do we make lists?

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Poetry Fix, Episode 17: Milosz

December 24, 2010
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Mary Karr and Christopher Robinson discuss Czeslaw Milosz’s poems “On Prayer” and “And Yet the Books.”

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Scattered Rhymes: Evan Hansen

December 24, 2010
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Mark Bibbins

December 23, 2010
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[Big Badness by Mark Bibbins]

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

December 22, 2010
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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.

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Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: On Piety

December 21, 2010
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In the full complexity of human constructs piety is the rhetoric of conflicting and supposedly coherent values.

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C.D. Wright’s Masterpiece

December 20, 2010
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History as a subject reads best when it is both documented and re-imagined

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Ronin Poet: Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings

December 17, 2010
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Brian Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings is the closest thing in English, spiritually, to haiku that I can possibly think of.

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

December 16, 2010
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[The Case of Archie 12 & 10]

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

December 15, 2010
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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.

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Here Be Dragons

December 14, 2010
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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.

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On Poets and Speakers

December 13, 2010
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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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