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Indie Bookstores: Cambridge and Boston

August 26, 2011
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Brooks Lampe

August 25, 2011
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[Three Prose Poems]

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In the Garden: Re-Reading Whitman

August 22, 2011
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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.

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The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

August 19, 2011
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

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Poem of the Week: J.T. Welsch

August 18, 2011
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[Hook]

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Poem of the Week: Luke Johnson

August 11, 2011
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[Psalm for Third Base]

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And I Chose—All: Mary Ruefle

August 8, 2011
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Yahia Lababidi

August 4, 2011
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[What do animals dream?]

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Didactic Sonnet

August 2, 2011
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Brittany Perham

July 29, 2011
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[In a Familiar City]

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Rimbaud’s Last Revelation

July 26, 2011
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Ashbery’s translation is the best we have in English so far.

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Poem of the Week: Jason Labbe

July 21, 2011
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[Blue Note]

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The Practice of Poetry

July 19, 2011
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The poetry lesson is that poetry is a practice.

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Poem of the Week: Laura Eve Engel

July 14, 2011
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[Known Quantity]

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All in a Day’s Work

July 12, 2011
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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.

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On the Bias Against Narrative Poetry

July 11, 2011
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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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