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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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Scratched Aquarium Glass & A Chorus of Snow: On Erica Bernheim’s “The Mimic Sea”

November 30, 2013
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The Mimic Sea is not unlike searching for a radio station: half of one song comes in like crystal, but the next is a chorus of snow.

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Why ‘standards’ are the chief power of stupidity in terms of systems

November 27, 2013
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The internet revolution has taken books and publication out of the control of the gatekeepers and the prevailing standard makers. So I predict the “reform” (which is already happening) will not be related to “publish or perish” but to “get grants get prizes, and funding or perish.”

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Poem of the Week: Joachim du Bellay

November 22, 2013
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L’Olive: sonnet 28

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You Just Wouldn’t Believe What That Kangaroo Did to This Courtyard: Prizefighting Death in CA Conrad’s ‘A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon’

November 21, 2013
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With its obsession with fluids, food, physicality, ‘Marsupial’ sometimes has the wild, unhinged glee of a three-year-old Jackson Pollocking their feces across the wall.

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Forgotten Poet of the Day: Denise Levertov

November 20, 2013
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I came to admire Levertov only after I was approaching forty and she had recently died. I was old enough then to appreciate her seriousness of purpose. I came to admire her the way I had Muriel Rukeyser.

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Poem of the Week: John Estes

November 16, 2013
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End of Lifed

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Against the cult of personality, toward communitas

November 13, 2013
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I have a vision for readings in which everyone is welcome–in which 80 year olds and teenagers, good poets and bad poets, normatives and crazies meet on equal footing because, in the ceremony of bread, in James and Buber, your “personage” is what you leave behind when you enter the temple.

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Poem of the Week: Mary Wroth

November 8, 2013
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Late in the forest I did Cupid see

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The Blessings of My Recent Insomnia

November 6, 2013
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To abide with this daughter is deeper than any understanding. Forget understanding. Forget mystery, too. This sort of love is the closest I will ever get to being the shadow of a great stone–something still, and stolid and beyond both understanding, and mystery–a presence, a weight that does not need to be lifted, and is no weight at all.

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Poem of the Week: Aaron Belz

November 1, 2013
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on falling in love

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Martin Rock’s DEAR MARK

October 31, 2013
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The conversation may be one sided, but Rock isn’t interested in merely interpreting Rothko’s paintings. He engages with them, contributes his own poetic flair, and takes and gives equally from his source material.

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