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Post-Poetry, Part 2: Outpost/Outland

Post-Poetry, Part 2: Outpost/Outland

Dear Divya, So there you are in Singapore, and here I am in Colorado Springs, both of which are sort of conflicted homeworlds for both of us, and outlands to the centers of poetic industry (haw haw). [...]

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5 Hours of National Poetry Month

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For the uberx driver who thought it a coincidence that my name was Yolanda like the Yolanda Adams he was listening to on the radio at the exact moment my request came through. For asking me, is this [...]
Sound Is Bob Kaufman, Poet

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[A version of this talk was given at AWP in Minneapolis on April 10th, 2015 as part of the Neglected American Masters panel with James Allen Hall, Yona Harvey, and Richard Siken.] Every poet is an [...]
Notes for National Corpse Month, Part Five

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The day before his wedding, my father took us to the Killing Fields. My sister and I, our stepsister and stepbrothers, their mother and our father, I say, though I don’t remember him being there. [...]
ON MY LOVE FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE SILENCE Part 2

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Featuring Wo Chan, Sonia Guiñansaca, Janine Joseph and Javier Zamora– poets refusing to be silenced.  Homepage image courtesy of Julio Salgado: http://juliosalgado83.tumblr.com    Wo [...]
‘my visual poems are not really about handwriting': An Interview w/ Paul Ebenkamp, Part I

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Hey Paul, Your book The Louder The Room The Darker The Screen (Timeless, Infinite Light) is my book of the year thus far, I want to ask you about the marker poems, I also do marker poems, I used to [...]
T H E  D I S T A N C E S  and /  or   C I T I E S  (8)

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… language as it is embodied, perpetually being created. Composition takes place in the liminal moment of history-in-the-making, at the ‘rim of occurrence’ (Leslie Scalapino). We compose [...]
Notes Toward a New Language: On Dieter Roth

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I would call myself an inventor of machines that are meant to entertain (or inspire) feelings (or thoughts) that help to digest this Central European civilization wading in junk.              [...]
5 Things that Happened at Interrupt3 that Didn’t Involve Kenneth Goldsmith

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I attended Interrupt3, Brown University’s third annual “discussion forum and studio at the intersection of art, literature and digital media,” as an artist-in-residence last month. This [...]
Poets, Turn on Your Close Captions!

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As a writer-type who’s always looking for entertaining new slippages between text and meaning in my work—whether through the use of collage, homophonic translation, warped subtitles, or Flarf-y [...]
Poetry is Not the Final Girl: Joey Yearous-Algozin

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So, Volume I of my book The Compleat Purge, The Last Will & Testament of Trisha Low is dedicated to Joey Yearous-Algozin, who “raised me.” The thing is, I mean it. Like, literally, [...]
Of Allyssa Wolf’s <em>Vaudeville</em> or My Altamont Blues, part I

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Ever. Ways time is demarcated, its temporal forensics—the rights reserved. pages we share. or thieve. Or maybe in sequence, other texts and tests which appear nearby. Chronological, comparative. [...]
Libraries, Death, & Paradise

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Brent Cunningham once commented that the books in his library were a kind of 3-D representation of his mind. These are the books that I’ve read—“the contents of my head”—to quote Annie [...]
Towards Something We’ve Known

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You walk among the stars and are subject to the stars. You turn a corner and the air seems to turn with you, to bend around you. A personal experiment of the senses, when you wake suddenly one [...]
Notes Toward a New Language: Holes: On Marguerite Duras

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Marguerite Duras’s writing is filled with holes. Her writing is made of holes, filled with holes, because her life is made up of holes. Pock-marked and moth-bitten, it is a map of the disaster. [...]
Post-Poetry, Part 1: CryptoPo, Part 2: Notes for the Encrypticon

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This past January, a temporary collective of writers, artists, printers and scholars created a lumpy, hexagonal, cardboard cave inside the small gallery at the back of Mountain Fold Books here in [...]
Found Metaphors

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The video stills in the sixth row are from Oum Kalthoum’s live performance of “Baeed Anak” or “Away From You.” All other images are mine, taken on camera phones (HTC [...]
riffs on Paris graff : 5

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The “Lasco Project” was inspired by the illegal 2012 intervention “Le Mausolée,” conceived by French graff artists Lek & Sowat. Produced in secret over a year, by no fewer than forty [...]
The Contract

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I love you.  You are my ambassador to the world and I am yours.  We represent one another.  And that is how I know you love me. We’re different from other artists. The poet is busy not only [...]