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Poetry Fix Episode 5: Louise Gluck

July 9, 2010
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Episode 5 of Poetry Fix! Louise Gluck’s “Mock Orange.”

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Poetry Fix Episode 4: Wallace Stevens

July 6, 2010
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Episode 4 now available on YouTube. Wallace Stevens’s poem “A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts.”

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Poetry Fix Episode 3: Pablo Neruda

July 2, 2010
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Mary Karr and I have started a YouTube video series called Poetry Fix. Episode 3 is now available. Twice a week on Mondays and Fridays we’ll upload a 2-4 minute video where we read a poem and briefly discuss it.

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Towards A Theoria, Praxis, and Poesis of Modernist/Post Modernist Poetry (A Procedural)

June 28, 2010
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Lyrical poetry can be very dense. It can even be “high gibberish” (a form of ecstatic speech that does not yield readily to a standard meaning, but may create a mood, an orver all emotional or intellectual atmosphere). It does not usually explain. It is not prone to giving information in an overt and easy way. Why does it beat around the bush? Get to it! Say what you mean! Many a person has turned away from lyric poetry because it refuses to do the one thing people seem to insist on: get to the point! This is exactly where modern poetry wanted poesis to go—to the thing, the object, the point.

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Translations of Irish Triads

June 28, 2010
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These are my loose translations of a form in Ireland known as “three things there be.” Long before Saint Patrick came, the Irish thought in threes. They were a triune people, with a Celtic triune God, and they, like most Celts, cast spells, and framed their tales by the magic of threes. I have translated some Triads previously translated by the wonderful Irish poet, Thomas Kinsella.

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Poetry Fix Episode 2: Archilochos

June 28, 2010

[Episode 2 of "Poetry Fix"]

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The Future of Poetry at the Research University

June 27, 2010
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Wendell Berry recently decided to pull his personal papers from the University of Kentucky, and it got me thinking. While I know this news story isn’t directly related to the topic of poetry (and this is–loosely–a poetry blog), I can’t help but feel it connects on some other level as we (poets) think about the […]

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Poetry Fix Episode 1: Robert Hass.

June 25, 2010

[Episode 1 of "Poetry Fix"]

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Print and Rhyme

June 24, 2010
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I’ve been reading a lot of Marshall McLuhan in the last several months. I know he’s not the most fashionable critic anymore, but I admire his attitude toward culture. I’ve heard some call him a “futurist” but this seems to run directly counter to McLuhan as I read him. If anything, McLuhan is a medievalist […]

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Blue Oxen

June 15, 2010
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(it’s scaffolding) (it’s supposed to be temporary)

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I wanna know which friend will die young, so I can spend more time with them now

June 14, 2010

I wanna know which friend will die young, so I can spend more time with them now by Rachel Glaser you hurt my feelings so I lie and say, I do wanna fuck my roommate I say, We’ve pushed our beds so they share a wall dirty dishes are inevitable when you were young and […]

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Solmaz Sharif

June 3, 2010
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View full post to see the full text of each poem Solmaz reads!

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Hamlet and his (Public) Problems

May 28, 2010
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Hamlet self-consciously reveals his inner thoughts to an audience he does/n’t know is there. Perhaps this soliloquy is a proto-modern lyric?

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“The Invisible Avant-Garde”

May 28, 2010
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And the James Patterson of Contemporary Poetry is…

May 23, 2010
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Call me a lyre, I dare you

Last or some night
light, who cares the when of this,
glittered the tree up at the end
as the wash from a car as moved the planet, I’m not
in touch with personally Saturn, in branched fingers
of eerily, I’d say off-the-shelf language, isn’t it
necessary still how life lit into the moment
to say other than the facts of it, see,
whatever the bits are inside that oscillate
or pinwheel, I was moved to internal whirring
cicadish, even though my epiphanic dog-walkings
mean shit to you in the throes of your
epiphanic askings of the moon, for what, afterall
are we in this, some random sense of, fuck
if I know, belonging

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Excerpt from The Book of Tea: “V. Art Appreciation”

May 14, 2010
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V. Art Appreciation Have you heard the Taoist tale of the Taming of the Harp? Once in the hoary ages in the Ravine of Lungmen stood a Kiri tree, a veritable king of the forest. It reared its head to talk to the stars; its roots struck deep into the earth, mingling their bronzed coils […]

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