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Poetry and Poetics

“Poetry Means You’re Writing About the World”: An Interview with Anne Winters

January 16, 2012
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I was introduced to Ms. Winters’ work in graduate school and, ever since, have been a ardent admirere of her lushly orchestrated, yet intimate and searingly honest poems about the “big issues” that so many contemporary poets seem to shy away from: race, class, poverty, and gender.

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The Problems and Potential of Slam

January 11, 2012
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I do not hate spoken word. I hate ham acting.

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Psychoanalysis and the Mad Artist: Hölderlin’s Empty Center

January 2, 2012
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Psychoanalysis is a good system for those of us that like structure.

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2011: End of the Year Poem & Book Roundup

December 29, 2011
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b bearhart, Alexander Long, and Jonterri Gadson name their favorite books and poems from the 2011.

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Primer on Imagery

December 19, 2011
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Before Modernism, most poetry told, with showing as merely a form of decoration. Either that, or poetry sought a synthesis between showing and telling where the showing told and the telling showed.

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mUutations: Louis Simpson

December 12, 2011
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The poem points to something I am growing increasingly aware of: surrealism is fundamentally mimetic.

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Poetry Speaks with its Hands

December 7, 2011
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My theory of narrative is that it is arc, gesture, syntactical force the most common of which is what we call a story, but not exclusive to story.

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Google Translates Poetry

December 5, 2011
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Meta-lord of the cloud-lords of meta of!

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Sleep to Wake and Wake to Sleep: A comparison of “Prufrock” and “Nightingale”

November 30, 2011
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What draws these poems together is simulation of death-states in relation to the afflatus of night and song—of rising or sinking to the occasion.

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The Domestication of the Saints

November 28, 2011
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The “gate keepers” of religion and of poetry are one and the same.

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Poetry Scenes: Seattle

November 16, 2011
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Seattle likes to pride itself on being one of America’s Most Literate Cities.

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A Perfect Poem? “The Doe” by C. K. Williams

November 7, 2011
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Here’s a question: What to do with (how to view) a poem you can’t help but think of as perfect?

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mUutations: Pete Winslow

October 28, 2011
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Pete Winslow is a very minor Beat surrealist poet who died young and only published a few books.

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The Old Rocker

October 21, 2011
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It was the sort of chair working class people purchased on the way up along with the upright spinet to prove they were no longer poor.

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mUutations: Kaufman’s CINCOPRHENICPOET

October 14, 2011
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This process of differentiation comes at a cost, however, alienating the rebel from his cultural and ideological context.

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A Truly Democratic Poetry

October 7, 2011
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American literature sprung truly from the soil of democracy would be lively, but unrefined, poor on rules of thumb, sacrificing refinement to vitality.

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