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Poetry and Poetics

Portland

March 25, 2010
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I’m sitting up in bed, or on the couch, as it were, where I have been trying to sleep off the slew of vodka-and-tonics I downed last night at our Sand Paper Press reading here in Portland.  Shawn Vandor, whose Fire at the end of the rainbow was just reviewed over at Dossier, and I […]

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NOTES ON NOISE

March 24, 2010
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People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share…
-Paul Simon

Music, I regret to say, affects me merely as an arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds….
-Vladimir Nabokov

To my wife Anne, without whose silence this book never would have been written.
-Philip K. Dick, dedication page from The Man in the High Castle

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THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, ABRIDGED

March 24, 2010
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Ben Luzzatto’s THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, ABRIDGED (UDP, 2010) is one of those rare artifacts that transfers its own actual magic—and it is real magic—until the possessed begins to lift a bit toward the sky.

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“Canopic Jars” by Samantha Zighelboim

March 23, 2010

[Poem of the Week: 3/23/2010]

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Immortality (Blogging through Grossman, Part 4)

March 23, 2010
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I’ve decided to change my strategy for blogging through Grossman. Not only is it almost impossible to try and successfully capture the first part of the book in any systematic way (the conversation shifts too rapidly and it’s almost maddening to trace any idea), but the second part is so lovely and systematically broken down, […]

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“Hour” by Christian Hawkey with drawings

March 23, 2010
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Frank O’Hara’s “To The Poem”

March 23, 2010
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In My Beginning…

March 21, 2010
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Dear Angry Mob,

Oak Wood Trail is closed to you. We
feel it unnecessary to defend our position,
for we have always thought of ourselves
(and rightly, I venture) as a haven for
those seeking a quiet and solitary
contemplation. We are truly sorry
for the inconvenience….

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Sometimes when I happy get

March 18, 2010

Sometimes when I happy get I turn on my television set

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As If She Were a Symbol of Something

March 17, 2010
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Before I post my regularly scheduled post, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I give you an excerpt from James Joyce’s “The Dead.”

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Only Boring People Get Bored

March 16, 2010

Sunday evening I encountered this artifact created out of the weekend’s leftovers. I had been showing family around who had never been nyc before. That meant three miserable days of walking in the rain while forcing myself to be cheerful. This stream or river or rainbow or spittle-barf of umbrellas was an affirmation to me […]

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The Flaming Poodle of the Mind: Poetry Readings, Vaudeville & Louise Gluck’s Legs

March 16, 2010
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If I am anything at all, I am a vaudevillian. Considering that vaudville has been stone dead the last 80 years, that’s a hard thing to be, but wouldn’t you want to attend a reading where, first, someone read Elizabeth Bishop’s “One Art” beautifully, followed by a white poodle jumping through a fiery hula hoop, then a great tap dancer, and then a good torch singer doing “Strange Fruit,” topped off by a rousing version of Etheridge Knight’s “All Fucked Up”?

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On Memorization: Some Thoughts on “Owning” Your Own Work

March 16, 2010
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When I was 19 I interned at The Bowery Poetry Club. I can tell you that I didn’t get much done in the way of writing press releases; I was there to experience poetry. I was there to meet the real live poets who didn’t seem to exist on my college campus. I attended a private Long Island university where writing poetry meant none of the business student boys wanted to date me and most of the frat guys thought a stanza was a complicated version of the keg stand. Therefore, at The Bowery Poetry Club, I thought I was going to find what I was looking for: Poets Who Took Poetry Seriously.

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“New England Saltbox” by Alexander Landfair

March 16, 2010

[Poem of the Week: 3/16/10]

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Three Poems and an Interview with Ben Mirov

March 15, 2010
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Expand the post to revel in the full text of each poem!
Part 1
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Part 2
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Posted in tandem with www.scatteredrhymes.com

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To Make Bach the Grund of Grundrisse and the Chaconne of a Shocked Shack

March 15, 2010
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Today I thought I should add my secret voice to your evaluations.
Your intelligence may be genius, but remember as my mother saids also always to be nice.
A seventh grade teacher consoled me when I was teased:
You can always tell the genius by the enemies who surround him.

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