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Scattered Rhymes: Ben Fama

by Ben Pease Poetry and Poetics
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Ben Pease interviews Ben Fama on the Scattered Rhymes podcast.

Poem of the Week: Sara Slaughter

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poems of the Week
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[A selection from Upriver]

The Four Functions and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

by Joe Weil Academia
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As Kafka said: “The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens; doubtless this is so, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for the heavens signify simply: the impossibility of crows.”

Matthew Rohrer’s Destroyer and Preserver

by Evan Hansen Poetry and Poetics
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If you’d told me that the ultimate line of a wonderful poem could be, simply, “Doctor Wong,” I would’ve looked at you skeptically.

Indie Bookstores: Vancouver

by Brian Chappell Reviews & Interviews
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But how to discern which to visit, on my limited conference schedule and lack of motorized transport? Our decided upon method was a combination of combing the neighborhoods that we already wanted to see, and tossing a net around the area of our hotel.

Poem of the Week: Adam Tessier

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poems of the Week
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[Dead reckoning]

Translating Horace: Ode i.5

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Horace is just too good a craftsman for a translation to do him any ultimate justice. Yet I believe translators hope for a sort of “good will” that can exist between between themselves and the poet.

Creative Stupidity

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Many people do not become artists not because they are stupid, but because they are incapable of suspending the thinking/feeling functions. They fail to become writers and musicians and painters because they cannot enter their highest stupidity.

Notes on reading David Foster Wallace’s short story “John Billy”

by Daniel Silliman Fiction
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We passed the jars around and unscrewed Minogue’s bootleg lids.
We was silent at our table, expected T. Rex dead, or at least twisted, traumatized, Nunn-struck.
‘Hi,’ he said.

Poem of the Week: Joseph Fasano

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poems of the Week
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[Sudden Hymn in Autumn]

Overcoming Writer’s Block

by Joe Weil Writing
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The words art and habit might seem an odd pairing, but that’s what art is: the glamor of drudgery, and the drudgery of glamor.

Indie Bookstores: Kramerbooks

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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I indulge fantasies of ownership, lament the limited capacity of my wallet and shelf space to accommodate all the books I want. But I gird myself and leave with nothing, happy to have looked, touched, but saved myself again.

Poem of the Week: Carolyn Kizer

by Joe Weil Poems of the Week
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[The Great Blue Heron]

On Mimesis

by Emily Vogel Poetry and Poetics
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Aristotle meant that poetry was mimetic of all of things, independent of another poet’s unique perspective. It is not necessary that poets imitate other poets, but that they imitate life.

Sentimentality vs. Feeling

by Joe Weil Aesthetics
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True feeling has the force of grace; sentimentality has the stench of morals. The word “should” and “must” cling to its fat cherubic legs. Half comprised of self regard, and the other half a mixture of cliche, the sentimental is close to the feigned regard of the funeral director: appropriate, and grave, but with one eye on the itemized bill.

Alfred Corn’s play Lowell’s Bedlam

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Poems of the Week

[April 7, London]

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