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Reviews & Interviews

Review: Endi Bogue Hartigan’s “Pool: 5 Choruses”

July 3, 2014
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The narrative is fragmental, and drifts like movements which possess their own immediate merits. The symphonic quality is evident. Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” is not a piece which moves in a deft pattern, and neither is Hartigan’s collection.

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Returning to the Natural Baby Voice: An Interview With Maria Mazziotti Gillan

April 10, 2014
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Did Whitman play it safe? Ginsberg? Anne Sexton? Adrienne Rich? No, they didn’t and that’s why people remember their work.

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Not Done With Her Changes: A Review of Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s “The Silence in an Empty House”

April 3, 2014
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The arrogance of triumph comes to inhabit these poems. And their final meaning is nothing less than a luminous joy the poet can affirm even in the midst of loss.

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“All That Remains”: Dignity Without Bitterness

March 20, 2014
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Fanelli writes about fates that he himself has escaped, but he is unwilling to turn his back, to say: “I’m out of here. You’re on your own.”

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“For Lack of Diamond Years”: the macro and micro dimensions of mythic perception

March 17, 2014
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It’s very rare for a visual artist to so completely translate or, more precisely, transcribe her visual sense into words.

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“Bend to It”: The Negotiation Between Contact and Damage

March 6, 2014
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“Bend to It” swings to and fro as if buffeted by a hurricane.

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“Death Centos” : Company in the Terror of the Unknown

March 1, 2014
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Terror is either the most defining nor the most compelling quality with which death is portrayed in this poetry that interrogates what it means to die, and how we use those final moments before death – both our own and those of others.

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The Brothers Perdendo and Perdendosi

February 27, 2014
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Trimboli’s well-wrought lines are best self-described as “an orchestra of small insanities held together with catgut.”

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Poem(s) of the Week: Alfred Corn

December 27, 2013
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La Luz Azul & St. Anthony in the Desert

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Poem(s) of the Week: Kathryn Levy

December 20, 2013
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Becoming Angels & Wedding

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Yahia Lababidi, Egypt’s “spokesperson of silence” and modern mystic poet

December 19, 2013
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When a few fateful re-tweets put me into contact with Egyptian-American poet and ‘seeker’ Yahia Labadidi, I never expected to come across a work with such suave girth.

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Poem(s) of the Week: Kazim Ali

December 13, 2013
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The Prayer, The Fortieth Day, & Open House

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Poem(s) of the Week: Megan Burns

December 6, 2013
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River Song & Profit/Margin

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Artifice and Authenticity: Two Poetry Books by Les Figues Press

December 5, 2013
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  OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS, ECHOIC BY CHRIS TYSH LES FIGUES PRESS, 2013  CUNT NORTON BY DODIE BELLAMY LES FIGUES PRESS, 2013 1. Pins Ups: Covering the Classics  “I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike — and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two — are […]

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Scratched Aquarium Glass & A Chorus of Snow: On Erica Bernheim’s “The Mimic Sea”

November 30, 2013
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The Mimic Sea is not unlike searching for a radio station: half of one song comes in like crystal, but the next is a chorus of snow.

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You Just Wouldn’t Believe What That Kangaroo Did to This Courtyard: Prizefighting Death in CA Conrad’s ‘A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon’

November 21, 2013
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With its obsession with fluids, food, physicality, ‘Marsupial’ sometimes has the wild, unhinged glee of a three-year-old Jackson Pollocking their feces across the wall.

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