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Poetry and Poetics

Kevin Young’s Ardency

March 23, 2011
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It’s Kevin Young’s least personal book so far, but in many ways that allows him to approach those same emotions within the book’s historical characters from a more objective stance.

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Terms, Truth, Sun Sparrows: A Very Important Lesson from My Father

March 21, 2011
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I tell my students that education can do the work of evil: it can make a bunch of aleatory systems with PHDs think they have a right to be superior to the Rocky Weils of this world. They can make a son misunderstand the wisdom of his own father. They stink of torture and snobbery, they are rank with the odor of exclusion and bias, and we call this “truth” or “Dogma” or “terminology.”

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Kenneth Burke: Do you Eros into Logos? (with a note on Tu Fu)

March 18, 2011
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Poets who write for self-expression write awful poetry. They don’t seek advice but affirmation.

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Poem of the Week: Ai

March 17, 2011
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[Salomé]

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Scattered Rhymes: Brandon Kreitler

March 16, 2011
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In a brand new Scattered Rhymes podcast, Ben Pease interviews Brandon Kreitler.

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The Book Bag

March 15, 2011
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The weirdest things survive. I lost my parents and some of those friends also died: Eric, who introduced me to vampire comics and Henry Miller novels, his brother Greg who netted the biggest trout I ever caught, Huey who threw a good fast ball, and liked jamming with me on the piano.

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How Tu Fu Works

March 11, 2011
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We perceive a break between images and feeling. But perhaps this break is artificial. We acknowledge that images can evoke feelings, perhaps that there is an “objective correlative” that can reliably evoke feelings. But perhaps what is being suggested here is that the category break is weaker than we think. The image (object) is already interpreted: “values are the way we see things.”

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Poem of the Week: Etheridge Knight

March 10, 2011
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[Feeling Fucked Up]

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Look What God Can Do!

March 9, 2011
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No one wants to appear childlike and vulnerable to others, but everyone (everyone who seeks out new experiences, anyway) wants to feel that way–along with love, awe is the one of the emotions people seek most deeply. And for writers, whose job is to express the inexpressible, the hidden, these two aims can feel at odds.

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Voices of the Fourth Generation

March 8, 2011
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The translated poems seem more interested in criticizing Chinese society than aesthetic expression. In spite of these issues, the translators should be respected for their down-to-earth choice of the poems.

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The Simple Life

March 7, 2011
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I was concerned about not knowing. Concerned about not being known. Yet I did little to be known outside of persevering with the work. The work being whatever I was doing at the time in my virtual creative space. Mind, body. Divine intervention. Spiritual revelation. The meaning of every day was living every day as if to make it your last. Life was simple. Inevitable.

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Scattered Rhymes: Ken Chen

March 5, 2011
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Ben Pease interviews Ken Chen on the Scattered Rhymes Podcast.

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Tall Poetry: James Copeland’s To My Plants

March 4, 2011
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James Copeland is a tall man, who rides a tall bike, drinks tall drinks, and writes tall poetry.

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Poem of the Week: Robert Kelly

March 3, 2011
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[Poem for Easter]

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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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