Gene Tanta

The Poems of A-Z with No Beginning

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“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

An Erotics of Reading: Jennifer Karmin’s “aaaaaaaaaaalice” Reviewed.

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In place of a hermeneutics of reading, as Susan Sontag’s ghost might say, we need an erotics of reading.

Poetry Scenes: Chicago

by Connor Stratman Poetry and Poetics
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When I’m asked about poetry in Chicago, I’m inclined to reply with the old Quaker response: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Gene Tanta’s XPMK: An Illuminated Chapbook

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Formerly Excerpt from Pastoral Emergency.

Reflections on “The &NOW Festival of New Writing” in San Diego, 2011

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

Aesthete and Propagandist: An Interview with Gene Tanta

by Brooks Lampe Aesthetics
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It’s getting later than it’s ever been and the sonnet is nearly over: do you know where your closure is?

A Ghost (Sonnet) in Gene Tanta’s “Unusual Woods”

by Brooks Lampe Language
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Seemingly disconnected things envisioned as unified: this is the surreal experience of the “marvelous” or the Deep Image experience of the deep image.

The Cartographer Electric is Dead

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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This was a true community magazine, and it fed on the energy of the readings and was inspired into existence the other poets we knew and were excited to read. It was a great experience, and I think that everyone should start a small community rag like this. It doesn’t have to be big or ambitious…just something that you share between you, your friends, and their friends. I don’t spend lots of time reading the latest issue of Ploughshares, but I was always interested in reading local indie rags like the one we were putting out.