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Folk and Commodity, Part Two

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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A true folk artist wouldn’t worry about the purity of what he was doing.

Poetry Comics! Mahendra Singh

by Bianca Stone Poetry Comics
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I think it’s the excitement of language that can bring forth the illustrative in such an electrifying way.

Poem of the Week: Claudia Serea

by Mike Foldes Poems of the Week
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[I write for ghosts]

Gene Tanta’s XPMK: An Illuminated Chapbook

by Gene Tanta eBooks
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Formerly Excerpt from Pastoral Emergency.

Eric Kocher’s Equals Tiger

by Eric Kocher eBooks
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The worst part / is how my thumb / could erase her

On the differences between folk and commodity art, as per slam and academia

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I read Williams the same way I read vampire comics: for pleasure and for the purposes of theft. This is the folk art way, and it survives commodity art even when it is packaged and sold.

Joe Weil’s Teaching the Dead

by Joe Weil eBooks
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In his inimitable fashion, Joe Weil treats the pains of life as joy and the joys of life as pain.

1Q84

by Brian Chappell Reviews & Interviews
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All the tasty bits of vintage Murakami are here: dull but steadfast male leads, hypersexual and hypersexy teenagers, strange conspiracies loaded with uncanny coincidences, and, of course, forays into parallel universes.

Poem of the Week: Mario Moroni

by Mike Foldes Poems of the Week
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[Ballata del Maine]

Sweet Sue Terry and “Hurt Hawks”

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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At one point, I made a very precarious living playing piano in a couple bars, one of which was run by a coke fiend who had a driver pick me up for the gig three times a week.

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

by Sarah Eggers Poetry and Poetics
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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.

Poem of the Week: John Smelcer

by Mike Foldes Poems of the Week
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[Anger Management]

The Problems and Potential of Slam

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I do not hate spoken word. I hate ham acting.

Reflections on “The &NOW Festival of New Writing” in San Diego, 2011

by Gene Tanta Society
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Poetry and poetics matter because words create the contours of what we can do.

Poem of the Week: Rob Mustard

by Mike Foldes Poems of the Week
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[Piercings]

Psychoanalysis and the Mad Artist: Hölderlin’s Empty Center

by Daniel Tutt Poetry and Poetics
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Psychoanalysis is a good system for those of us that like structure.

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