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At one point, I made a very precarious living playing piano in a couple bars, one of which was run by a coke fiend who had a driver pick me up for the gig three times a week.

I was introduced to Ms. Winters’ work in graduate school and, ever since, have been a ardent admirere of her lushly orchestrated, yet intimate and searingly honest poems about the “big issues” that so many contemporary poets seem to shy away from: race, class, poverty, and gender.

[Anger Management]

I do not hate spoken word. I hate ham acting.

Poetry and poetics matter because words create the contours of what we can do.


Psychoanalysis is a good system for those of us that like structure.

[Tinsel Tinsel]

b bearhart, Alexander Long, and Jonterri Gadson name their favorite books and poems from the 2011.

Mother was never prepared for Christmas. We would drive around in the old car on Christmas eve looking for a tree.

[Who to Tell]

What I love about Paul K. Tunis’s work is how brilliantly he melds traditional comic-book style with the experimental.

Before Modernism, most poetry told, with showing as merely a form of decoration. Either that, or poetry sought a synthesis between showing and telling where the showing told and the telling showed.

[River 2]

I have an older brain damaged brother, Peter. In 1953, a small pox vaccination failed to localize and shot up to his brain.

The poem points to something I am growing increasingly aware of: surrealism is fundamentally mimetic.