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On Sunday night I found myself sitting down to dinner beside the Korean artist Kim Beom. At this moment, I did not know that I was already acquainted with his work. We talked about architecture, [...]

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Poet Flattened

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I met the San Francisco-based poet Aaron Simon around Halloween 2011, when our hands touched, both of us reaching for an old book, at “Scanners,” the pop-up bookstore art project of the artists [...]
Singular Voices

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art is (Speaking Portraits), Vol. II When for art is/poetry is/music is I first began asking poets, artists and musicians to say on camera what it— poetry, et al.—is, some people said, “How [...]
Ronaldo Wilson’s Radical Femininity; or, the Muga of South Bend; or, TEAR-E AVATAR as바리대기

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“Grey” by Ronaldo Wilson from Center for Art and Thought on Vimeo. 1. In her essays in Princess Abandoned, translated with typical nimbleness by Don Mee Choi, poet Kim Hyesoon presents [...]
Occupy Oakland: Poesis and Political Practice

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The System Has Got to Die The landscape of global capitalism has been substantially altered in the past six years. A mixed policy of austerity (cuts and state retrenchment) and fiscal stimulus [...]
on the small press, part two: ‘the future is back’

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The second in a series of posts featuring editors and publishers discussing their projects. First up: Noel Black and Mary Burger. —Noel Black Angry Dog Press started in 1998, I think. It was the [...]
DEUS EX MACHINA/GOD FROM THE MACHINE: On Nicolas Mugavero and Chris Sylvester’s OrWorse.Net

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In which I talk about reading OrWorse.Net and Nicolas Mugavero and Chris Sylvester talk about making OrWorse.Net       Divya: On ‘reading’ OrWorse It has just crossed my mind that [...]
How To Say ‘Los Angeles’ in Comanche, Part 1

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One time someone asked me, as a Comanche poet was it beneficial acquiring an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing? Yes, it was. I considered myself a poet before I walked onto that campus. Yet, [...]
Akhob

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Akhob—James Turrell’s third installation for Louis Vuitton—opened last June at Crystals in Las Vegas.  Having missed all three retrospectives (at the Guggenheim in New York, the MFAH in [...]
Poetry and Humor, for Megan Brian

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Only one thing is as dreadful as a poetry reading meant to awe that falls flat, except for one thing, he who tries to write a funny little essay.  Instead I write today on two topics that have [...]
The Winter of Our Disco Tent

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“…the terrible and noteworthy irony…”—H.H. Bancroft. New York City during the war years was, unless you were eating sushi with the Simics, a dark and horrible place. It was as if [...]
The Noise, The Night

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On Monday night I stayed up until 3 a.m. waiting for a glimpse of the blood moon, a lunar eclipse where the moon shifts into earth’s shadow and flushes red with the light of the sun rising and [...]
on the small press, its recent past, production, present future, circulation: part one

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A few years ago I read Capital, Volume I with some friends from work. I was the person in this reading group who kept bringing up chapbooks. Someone else kept bringing up higher education. Our jobs. [...]
TURNING TABLES: On Geoffrey Gatza’s <em>Apollo</em>

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In which I talk about reading Geoffrey Gatza’s Apollo and Geoffrey talks about making Apollo   Divya: Reading Apollo I will lay my cards on the table.  I’ll put this offer on your [...]
Notes on Chic@Nceptualism

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In the spirit of the times, here is my attempt to be “contemporary.” However, even after any number of times employing Google Translate, ethnic politics kept emerging and the lyrical [...]
Blake, Contemporaneously

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For the eye altering alters all William Blake, “The Mental Traveler” Who reads Blake? The easy answer is almost everyone who reads poetry—that is, has read some Blake—and can quote something. [...]
Four Failed Revolutions

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Whatcha doin’? The less you know about it, kid, the better. Aw, c’mon mister. I’m writing poetry. Hey, I’ve heard of that. …Are you a fruit or something? Not exactly. I’m here to [...]
drawing from / drawing form: composition as exploration

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with Rachel Bers “That is, a line is not an arrow, it’s its events”  – Alice Notley ETG: About a year ago, Rachel Bers and I began working together in her studio with the idea that we would [...]
‘This is Gene Derwood speaking’

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It’s still going at a reduced scale down on 24th Street at Folsom, but Adobe Books used to be a barn of a store on 16th Street in the Mission District of San Francisco, and to my mind the epicenter [...]