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ON MY LOVE FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE SILENCE  Part 1

ON MY LOVE FOR THOSE WHO REFUSE SILENCE Part 1

—for Javier Zamora, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, and Christopher Soto While teaching a course on Wallace Stevens at the University of Chicago, poet Mark Strand told me and a group of students to not [...]

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5 Books to Flip Through This 4/20

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Today is April 20th, the unofficial holiday of cannabis enthusiasts. Celebrate the giggles and munchies while flipping through some of these poetry books while you toke.   1. Fantasy — Ben [...]
Reading List: April 2015

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Fatimah Asghar I recently just read Ilya Kaminsky’s book Dancing in Odessa and was completely blown away by it. I heard him read at AWP last year and was moved to tears, but only recently explored [...]
Poetry is Not the Final Girl: V Manuscript

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On a facebook thread not too long ago I told V Manuscript that I would like for him to come to the Bay Area and deliver a large volume of his own blood directly into an open wound located somewhere [...]
T H E  D I S T A N C E S  and /  or   C I T I E S (7)

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Collaboration is an ideal hands-on way for two or more poets and/or artists to get to know each other’s imaginations from the most intimate level on up. My earliest experience with writing [...]
Notes Toward a New Language: On Nourishment

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“To feed” is the most basic verb, the most fundamental, the most rooted. It expresses the primordial activity, the primary, basic function, the act “I” engage in even before I am born or [...]
4 Reasons to Attend <em>The Animated Reader</em>’s Launch at McNally Jackson Tonight

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McNally Jackson is hosting the launch of The Animated Reader tonight, and you should come out. Contributors Mónica de la Torre, Cory Tamler, Wayne Koestenbaum and Yan Jun will be reading, and Brian [...]
I Don’t Know How To Live

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In This Connection of Everyone With Lungs, Juliana Spahr’s “Poem Written from November 30, 2002 to March 27, 2003” opens with a litany of thoughts upon waking in the morning to the sound of [...]
T H E  D I S T A N C E S  and /  or   C I T I E S  (6)

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I arrived in San Francisco for graduate school during the rise and fall of the late 90s dot-com dustup. It wasn’t any big thing to me. I made my way living off student loans. I saw, and still [...]
Shoot, If That Ain’t Too Pretty

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CUNY Chapbook Festival March 31-April 2, 2015 I always try to spend at least a bit of time at the CUNY Chapbook Festival, an annual few-day event staged at the Graduate Center’s main building on [...]
Poetry is Not the Final Girl: Katy Mongeau

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I have never met Katy Mongeau in real life, so I’m not entirely sure she has a soul. But that’s ok, because Katy is simultaneously a banshee, a witch, a wraith, a slave—and definitely [...]
Associations

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Since 2005 I’ve been keeping a list of books read by year. Since 2010 I’ve been intermittently writing mini-reviews of those books, what I sometimes call “associative [...]
The Generativity of Shulamith Firestone’s <em>Airless Spaces</em>

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Overness. Or also throwns. Throne. to sit down in. What is also a mercy, but relentless. Thrown away from her for the sake of. These distances. What happens inside and out of Shulamith Firestone’s [...]
THIS IS MESSY, WE’RE NOT SORRY: Elegant Mire with Carrie Lorig, v. 2

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Carrie :  i’m in the TA office right now because air conditioning and because no one comes here in the summer Cassandra:  good plan i am at home at my desk Carrie:  I just got to the page [...]
In What World Is Pleasure Itself Not Political?

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I avoided writing to you because I was in one of those moments of anxiety where I don’t allow the joy of my life to outweigh my fear of what you might think of me.  But last night–the [...]
Notes for National Corpse Month, Part Four

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During the plague, my tour-book described, this cemetery (the only one within the city walls) was so full of bodies that when they dug, they couldn’t find enough soil to bury new corpses. The [...]
Siren Song, or, The Open Veins of Latin America

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When I opened my eyes Ursa Major was rearing up, or standing on her head upon the brightening horizon, just beyond my windowpane, just a few steps beyond my right eye. & late in the wee hours the [...]
T H E  D I S T A N C E S  and /  or   C I T I E S (5)

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            I pose you your question: shall you uncover honey / where maggots are? [...]
Notes Toward a New Language: The Body

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Whether we are dealing with speaking loudly or softly or of whispering or shutting one’s mouth, we are always dealing with language and even the silence that comes from not speaking is still [...]