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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.

“W.H. Auden and John Ashbery have published books in which the poems are arranged alphabetically. Gene Tanta goes them one better with a book of poems which are themselves alphabetical. PASTORAL EMERGENCY has a hypnotic feeling of inevitability about it as it demonstrates the way in which language writes our poems and our minds.” – John L. Koethe

Tiny Fires

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Tim J. Myers explores the physical and spiritual existences pertaining to the body.

Easter

A fascinating hybrid of new locale poems and an impressive supplemental memoir. 

There are many reasons why Karl Shapiro is no longer taught or on the lips of MFA students.

Inside the sound of the mind’s hotel

In The Book of the Dead, Muriel Rukeyser writes, “What three things can never be done?
 Forget. Keep silent. Stand alone.” In Calendars of Fire, Lee Sharkey refuses to be that historian or activist, tamed in middle age, no longer pained by injustice.

The reader you wish to write for is an act of faith.

How to Write a Poem

You should be tired at the end, but instead you feel exhilarated. This party has punch—strong punch, like the stuff of these poems. It packs a wallop. You thank the host for what you can only describe as an experience not unlike a multi-valent, multi-vocal, multi-dimensional game of Words with Friends.

Because I knew how Abraham had traveled under a night sky so vast, so glutted with stars and had heard God's promise, I wept when I first read Mark Twain's description of Huck and Jim looking up at the night sky and wondering about the origin of the stars, and I was awed by Cervantes when he had Quixote and Sancha under the same sky.

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