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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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Poem of the Week: Peter Shippy

May 5, 2011
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[Extract from My Ragged Company, #19]

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Will Alexander’s Compression & Purity

May 4, 2011
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Certainly postmodern works has blurred generic boundaries, but Alexander seems to be showing, in an almost Pynchon-like way, that even the nuances of specialized language can be conscripted and subsumed into a larger poetic utterance.

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David Foster Wallace’s Open-Ended End Game

May 2, 2011
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Wallace over the years was most interested in narratives of suffering. Boredom (so closely linked to the problem of addiction, which he addressed in Infinite Jest) is one such type, and it takes center stage in his last book, an unfinished project published under the title The Pale King.

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Poem of the Week: Sarah V. Schweig

April 28, 2011
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[Bloodwork]

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On Poetry and Loss

April 27, 2011
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The handling of such overwhelming material is first and last, a question of form. Grief, loss, outrage, must be made portable.

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Scattered Rhymes: Ben Fama

April 26, 2011
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Ben Pease interviews Ben Fama on the Scattered Rhymes podcast.

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