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Poetry and Poetics

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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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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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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Scattered Rhymes: Deborah Landau

February 12, 2011
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Ben Pease interviews Deborah Landau on the Scattered Rhymes Podcast.

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Ur Poems: Brian Chappell

February 11, 2011
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Ashbery causes me to pause and reflect with awed humility that I could never do what he did in this poem.

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Poem of the Week: Joan Larkin

February 10, 2011
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[Photo]

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Innocent Brilliance: James Schuyler’s Other Flowers

February 9, 2011
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James Schuyler is back from the dead with the lovely “Other Flowers” a posthumous book of his unpublished, uncollected poems.

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Meditation on Marianne Moore

February 8, 2011
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She scares me the way Cordelia scares me–by dint of her absolute integrity.

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Some Notes on Translations of Horace

February 7, 2011
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If you are a poet writing in English, you carry Horace in your own voice.

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Scattered Rhymes: Ben Mirov

February 5, 2011
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Ben Pease interviews Ben Mirov on the Scattered Rhymes Podcast.

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