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Chapbooks: A Short History of the Short Book

February 14, 2012
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Scholars of Anglo-Saxon history and language contend that the prefix “chap-” is derived from the ancient word “ceap,” while others maintain it is merely a corruption of “cheap;” however, most attribute the word’s popularity to the chapman—European peddler, reporter, and rogue-of-all-trades from the 16th to at least the 18th century.

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Poem of the Week: Paige Taggart

February 10, 2012
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[from Get Your Slip On]

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Possibility and Grace

February 8, 2012
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This is a strange story. It is liable to get me laughed at.

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Poem of the Week: Walter Stone

February 3, 2012
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[Word to Oneself]

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The Letters of Samuel Beckett

February 2, 2012
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In order to write, Beckett first had to wipe the slate clean and wipe out conventional notions about the nature of human reality.

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Folk and Commodity, Part Two

February 1, 2012
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A true folk artist wouldn’t worry about the purity of what he was doing.

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Poetry Comics! Mahendra Singh

January 30, 2012
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I think it’s the excitement of language that can bring forth the illustrative in such an electrifying way.

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Poem of the Week: Claudia Serea

January 27, 2012
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[I write for ghosts]

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Gene Tanta’s XPMK: An Illuminated Chapbook

January 26, 2012
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Formerly Excerpt from Pastoral Emergency.

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Eric Kocher’s Equals Tiger

January 26, 2012
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The worst part / is how my thumb / could erase her

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

January 25, 2012
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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.

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Joe Weil’s Teaching the Dead

January 24, 2012
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In his inimitable fashion, Joe Weil treats the pains of life as joy and the joys of life as pain.

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1Q84

January 23, 2012
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Mario Moroni

January 20, 2012
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[Ballata del Maine]

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Sweet Sue Terry and “Hurt Hawks”

January 18, 2012
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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.

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“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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