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My Kind of Tree!

January 15, 2014
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What I like best about black cherries is how ugly they are, how fully without life or merit they seem until flowering in June.

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“What Becomes of Us as We Read?”: Ashbery and Ethical Criticism

January 13, 2014
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What are some reasons why we read poetry? Why turn to a poem over a novel, a play, a philosophical treatise?

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Poem of the Week: Mark Conway

January 10, 2014
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in the orchard

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Tips for Doing a Poetry Reading

January 9, 2014
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The poetry improves, but the presentation of it just keeps getting worse.

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Poem of the Week: Rich Armstrong

January 3, 2014
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Usual Resistance

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Thirteen of the Best Poetry Collections for 2013: Books That Will Sustain a Lifetime and Another and Another

December 31, 2013
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These are serious books. I sometimes wonder if the young poets still know how to make “serious” art, but then I read The Backlit Hour by young Jose Antonio Rodriquez and I know they are more than capable.

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Poem(s) of the Week: Alfred Corn

December 27, 2013
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La Luz Azul & St. Anthony in the Desert

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Krampus Navidad

December 24, 2013
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On the thirteenth day of Christmas, your true love returns the partridge in a pear tree, / buys cashmere, hires the Cajun she’s philandering to murder you.

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Poem(s) of the Week: Kathryn Levy

December 20, 2013
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Becoming Angels & Wedding

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Yahia Lababidi, Egypt’s “spokesperson of silence” and modern mystic poet

December 19, 2013
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When a few fateful re-tweets put me into contact with Egyptian-American poet and ‘seeker’ Yahia Labadidi, I never expected to come across a work with such suave girth.

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In defense of the motley rather than the trans-disciplinary

December 18, 2013
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Any real learning is contingent upon judicious digression.

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Poem(s) of the Week: Kazim Ali

December 13, 2013
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The Prayer, The Fortieth Day, & Open House

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The difference between a loose cannon and a free thinker

December 11, 2013
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Institutional art is an oxymoron. It’s like fat free sausage. Why bother?

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Poem(s) of the Week: Megan Burns

December 6, 2013
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River Song & Profit/Margin

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Artifice and Authenticity: Two Poetry Books by Les Figues Press

December 5, 2013
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  OUR LADY OF THE FLOWERS, ECHOIC BY CHRIS TYSH LES FIGUES PRESS, 2013  CUNT NORTON BY DODIE BELLAMY LES FIGUES PRESS, 2013 1. Pins Ups: Covering the Classics  “I realized early on that the academy and the literary world alike — and I don’t think there really is a distinction between the two — are […]

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Radical Poetry

December 4, 2013
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The radical poetry of 100 years ago was not radical in terms of style. It was conventional in terms of style and this doomed much of it.

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