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Oyster Perpetual

June 14, 2011
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When charm works, the connection established between individuals is palpable.

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Poem of the Week: Christopher Stackhouse

June 10, 2011
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[Slip]

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The Narratology of LOST: Loops and Privileged Positions

June 8, 2011
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LOST generates the final thrust of its narrative through even more privileged positions.

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The Beautiful Pool Is Empty

June 6, 2011
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Michael Montlack’s new poem collection Cool Limbo, for starters, looks really cool before it’s even opened.

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Poem of the Week: Lizzy McDaniel

June 3, 2011
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[Candor Here, Lustre There]

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Ben Fama’s NEW WAVES

June 2, 2011
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Being “timeless” isn’t about removing the contemporary but about writing a good poem.

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Scattered Rhymes: Christie Ann Reynolds

June 1, 2011
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Ben Pease interviews Christie Ann Reynolds on the Scattered Rhymes podcast.

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Poem of the Week: Bernadette Mayer

May 26, 2011
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[After Catullus and Horace]

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Why Poetry is Sometimes Not Enough

May 25, 2011
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This evening at Catholic mass, while everyone bowed their heads to pray, I asked Jesus not only to help me be good to my husband and my family, but also what he thought about my poetry. I heard a voice, perhaps in my head, or perhaps funneled out the church ceiling which said, “your poetry will touch a few hearts, but it won’t help you in heaven.”

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Stories Within Stories Within Stories Within…

May 23, 2011
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Okay! Fine. Tea Obreht is a veritable prodigy, and The Tiger’s Wife is uncannily good. Most (no, all) reviewers, as well as the likes of Colum McCann, TC Boyle, and Ann Patchett, say no less. But this novel is not just good for a twenty-five year old. Most of us would kill to kill it like she does.

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Poem of the Week: Ben Estes, Ben Fama, Ben Kopel, Ben Mirov, Ben Winkler

May 19, 2011
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[Selections from "Under Ben Bulben"]

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On My Pedagogical Approach (or something of the sort)

May 18, 2011
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Digress, digress, follow the nose of your longing.

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Quiet Anthem

May 17, 2011
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Cursivism, Will Hubbard’s slim, debut volume of prose poems published by Ugly Duckling Presse, begins with a simple piece of advice that may be one of the most challenging charges facing anyone who is trying to figure out how to live, “just let it happen.”

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Poem of the Week: Dawn Marie Knopf

May 12, 2011
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[Canoe]

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On Poetry and Loss, Part 2

May 10, 2011
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I sometimes think African American “cool” and Irish humor developed out of an awareness of the truth that life is not merciful.

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An Open Letter to James Franco

May 9, 2011
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Being in workshop with you isn’t going to make me famous, nor am I going to end up on Judd Apatow’s speed dial, no matter how good the on-screen chemistry between me and Seth Rogan might be…

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