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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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Poem of the Week: Sara Slaughter

April 21, 2011
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[A selection from Upriver]

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

April 20, 2011
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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.”

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Matthew Rohrer’s Destroyer and Preserver

April 18, 2011
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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.

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Indie Bookstores: Vancouver

April 15, 2011
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Adam Tessier

April 14, 2011
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[Dead reckoning]

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Translating Horace: Ode i.5

April 12, 2011
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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.

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Creative Stupidity

April 11, 2011
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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.

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

April 8, 2011
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Joseph Fasano

April 7, 2011
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[Sudden Hymn in Autumn]

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Overcoming Writer’s Block

April 5, 2011
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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.

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