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Poem of the Week: Dorothea Lasky

July 5, 2013
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The open sound of French

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Poetry Essay #3: Checking Out Old Loves

July 3, 2013
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Guns to the right of me! Jargon to the left of me! All volley and hold the thunder (after all, thunder may be perceived as a semiotic indicator of male patriarchy). I look at my daughter and say: “I’m so sorry, but I wanted you to exist.

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Poem of the Week: Dave Roskos

June 28, 2013
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The Food Pantry

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Poetry Essay #2: Careerism Versus the Work at Hand

June 26, 2013
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Other than that, remember you are going to die, no matter how many awards you win, and you will spend large parts of your life forgetting that. Careerism is only evil if it makes you forget first and last things, for art comes from the contemplation of first and last things–lasting art.

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“The Imminence of a Revelation Not Yet Produced”: Ashbery and the Pragmatist Sublime

June 24, 2013
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“The imminence of a revelation not yet produced” is a remarkable formulation for describing the process of the future unfolding, and it is what I hope to signify by the term the “pragmatist sublime.”

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Poem of the Week: Adele Kenny

June 21, 2013
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Like I Said

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Poetry Essay #1

June 19, 2013
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Does feeling write us? Does the landscape watch us vanish without trying to understand us?

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Poetry Comics! Warren Craghead

June 17, 2013
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Warren Craghead III lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA with his wife and two daughters.

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Any Inconvenience Caused: The Heights, A Dispatch from Leh

June 15, 2013
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The donkey.
The dog: the stray and the spaniel.
The cow, the cow, and the other sad looking cow.

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Poem of the Week: John Richard Smith

June 14, 2013
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Pictures of a Fireman

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Meditations of an Oaf

June 12, 2013
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Error must find a way to charm bias.

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Painting with Caroline Knox

June 6, 2013
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While Knox’s poems maintain a healthy awareness of themselves as constructed objects (“black and white graphic art,” Knox has called them), they simultaneously feel in constant, and deliriously unpredictable, motion.

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Preliminary notes to a course on The Death of Ivan Ilyich

June 5, 2013
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This “functionary class” is co-optive, incapable of originality, grafting onto its evil and mundane tree the native “shrewdness” and greed common to the worst peasants, and the pretentiousness and faux complexity/ haughtiness of the worst nobility.

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Poem of the Week: Don Mee Choi

May 31, 2013
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from Diary of Return

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Any Inconvenience Caused: Charmingly, A Third Time

May 30, 2013
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Delhi is hell. It is hot. It hits one in the face like the exhaust pipe of a long-haul trailer spewing thick blackness into a pristine sky. It smells like ruin.

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On Shema Mitzvah in my poetry

May 29, 2013
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I do not believe in the separation of faith and works, but, like James, believe faith without works is dead, and works without faith is merely materialism as a form of the dole.

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