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Indie Bookstores: Cambridge and Boston

by Brian Chappell Reviews & Interviews
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The first books I saw when I walked in were Franco Moretti’s two-volume history of the novel. I’m in paradise.

Poem of the Week: Brooks Lampe

by Brian Chappell Poems of the Week
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[Three Prose Poems]

In the Garden: Re-Reading Whitman

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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A garden, like all true relationships, is a pact with loss, with effacement, and when we fear effacement, it already begins to give birth to power and envy and death inside us.

The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

by Micah Towery Philosophy
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

Poem of the Week: J.T. Welsch

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[Hook]

Poem of the Week: Luke Johnson

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[Psalm for Third Base]

And I Chose—All: Mary Ruefle

by Colie Hoffman Poetry and Poetics
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Picasso wrote this well before Mary Ruefle started publishing books, but if his words could be an egg, Ruefle’s Selected Poems would hatch right out of it.

Poem of the Week: Yahia Lababidi

by Brian Chappell Poems of the Week
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[What do animals dream?]

Didactic Sonnet

by Joe Weil Academia
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If Plato came back today and saw the workshop, craft obsessed nature of poetics, he’d give his approval, but not for reasons poets might like: Plato would approve because the stupidity of inspiration has been removed from the writing of poems.

Poem of the Week: Brittany Perham

by Sarah V. Schweig Poems of the Week
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[In a Familiar City]

Rimbaud’s Last Revelation

by Alfred Corn Poetry and Poetics
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Ashbery’s translation is the best we have in English so far.

Poem of the Week: Jason Labbe

by Sarah V. Schweig Poems of the Week
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[Blue Note]

The Practice of Poetry

by Gene Tanta Academia
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The poetry lesson is that poetry is a practice.

Poem of the Week: Laura Eve Engel

by Sarah V. Schweig Poems of the Week
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[Known Quantity]

All in a Day’s Work

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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These types of genres are a narratologist’s dream, because one can spend an inordinate amount of time (even in a 190 page book like this one) teasing out the tiniest components of this unfamiliar world.

On the Bias Against Narrative Poetry

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Many young poets can not accept that telling a story, or relating some sort of narrative arc is conducive to the highest aims of poetry.

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