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Flarf vs. Conceptual Writing December 8, 2008: Flarf: Conceptual Writing: by

Achiote Press Reading in Celebration of 40th Anniversary of UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Library December 7, 2008: It's good to be a Bay Arean. (Wait. That doesn't sound right.) It's good to live in the Bay Area, partly because of all the great readings. I don't think anyone covers a reading better than Oscar Bermeo. Oscar's personal and intelligent reports are the best thing other than actually being at the reading. He's always had the best flickr, and now [...] by

Too late late Capitalism in Iceland December 6, 2008: I just got an email from Eirikur Örn Norðdahl: It's the craziest I've seen--people going around talking of counter revolutionaries etc.--people who loved capitalism half an hour ago. It literally is crazy. You wouldn't recognize it for the same country--hell, I don't. Anyways, I thought you might enjoy "Kreppusonnettan (IMF! IMF! OMG! [...] by

Science Fiction Poetry December 5, 2008: I have not gotten my hands on Andrew Joron’s latest 2008 collection, The Sound Mirror, so I’d like to push his older collection, Science Fiction, published in 1992. I’ve been curious about poetry that adopts genre narratives, especially sci-fi poetry, although I haven’t had a chance to do any serious research. Of course, there are over [...] by

The fist of survival: On childhood and poetry December 5, 2008: I wanted to leave everywhere from about the age of nine. This involved delinquency at school and withdrawal from the home scene. I didn’t like grown-ups with the exception of my father and felt uncomfortable with what was given to me as a birthright and what later came to be understood (by me and my culture) as meaning: White. The quote is [...] by

“Good Bad Poetry”: A Conversation December 4, 2008: Now, far be it from "Poetry & Popular Culture" to take particular umbrage at the Poetry Foundation's use of the term "good bad poetry"–despite the fact that Huerta doesn't cite the essay "Writing Good Bad Poetry" that appeared in the November/December issue of Poets & Writers Magazine and that was excerpted on this blog back in October. No, [...] by

Letters to Poets December 3, 2008: Last month, Saturnalia Books published Letters to Poets, an enthralling mess of correspondence between emerging and established poets, edited by Jennifer Firestone and Dana Teen Lomax. The anthology is an amazing window into the life and mind of a certain kind of contemporary poetry. The letter form seems to have allowed many of the writers to [...] by

from The Lower Half, December 3, 2008: a sustained meditation, symposium on the body's nether regions: Judith Schaechter, 2008, pencil on paper. . . . . doop doop Lanny Quarles hey little doop doop bird is your libido on the mountain top is your li'l beado on the mouth taint tops farrah faucet is dumb as a box of rocks but lither than two universe bumping asses in a solar [...] by

“undocumented poem” December 1, 2008: El Deportado, by Anonymous No tengo papeles, by Abelardo “Lalo” Delgado Running to America, by Luis J. Rodriguez Human Resources, by Monica Teresa Ortiz Imperfect Utterances, by Monica de la Torre Mariachi indocumentado, by Lucha Corpi 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border, by Juan Felipe Herrera Elena, by Pat Mora Mexicans Begin [...] by

What I Learned Blogging for Harriet (after Alan Gilbert) November 30, 2008: That in response to postings, a lot of people prefer to send back channel emails than to publish their comments on site. That one criterion for death is the failure to communicate or respond. That I generally like poetry ridden hard and put up wet. That some poets are a lot more interesting in their poetry than they are in their commentaries. That [...] by