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Archive for 2011

Art, the Amorous Disease: Joyelle McSweeney Reviews CAConrad and Chelsey Minnis December 16, 2011: Joyelle McSweeney has written a piece for Jacket2 on Chelsey Minnis's Poemland and CAConrad's Book of Frank, both out from Wave Books. This double-great review is all about art and its receptacles: In Minnis’s Poemland, value is always something which empties itself out; the mink is pawned, the money-gift is squandered. Yet that trashing, [...] by

Announcing “Library Boing Boing”! December 16, 2011: The American Library Association has teamed up with Boing Boing to create a member interest group called "Library Boing Boing". From the ALA's Marginalia site: On the one hand, Library Boing Boing is a collaboration between ALA and the fabulously amazing Boing Boing folks to highlight all of the great new things libraries are doing. The most [...] by

Announcing PennSound Radio! December 16, 2011: Cool news from Jacket2. a 24-hour stream of readings and conversations from the PennSound poetry archive. Our daily schedule includes rebroadcasts of such series as Live at the Writers House, Charles Bernstein's Close Listening, and Leonard Schwartz's Cross-Cultural Poetics, as well as a curated selection of our favorite performances. You [...] by

Unconventional Ways of Knowing: Dawn Lundy Martin Interviewed at Best American Poetry December 16, 2011: Dawn Lundy Martin, author of the excellent Discipline, has been interviewed for The Best American Poetry blog. Jericho Brown admits that the conversation might be a love-fest, writing "I hear tell that listening to some folks talk about going to Cave Canem can get as boring as listening to angels talk about heaven." But they discuss much more, [...] by

Philip Larkin meets This American Life December 16, 2011: Over at The Hairpin, This American Life producer Jane Feltes muses on the new Lars von Trier movie and death -- something she fears intensely: So intensely that it literally wakes me up in the middle of the night and I bolt upright, cling to the sheets, and think/scream "OH-PLEASE-NO! IT CANNOT BE! I DON'T WANT TO BE DONE! I LIKE IT HERE!!!" [...] by

RIP Christopher Hitchens December 16, 2011: In the April 2005 issue of Poetry magazine, Hitchens wrote about the poems he knew "by heart." In keeping with his style, the piece tackles a personal subject without sentimentality or mawkishness. He will be missed: My own acquaintance and relationship with poetry is bound up with acquisition, memorization, and recital. That is: I realized [...] by

More On Elizabeth Bishop’s Tibor de Nagy Exhibit December 16, 2011: We wrote about Elizabeth Bishop's paintings, and this exhibit in particular, a while back, and now The Economist offers up this short review. Here's a sample: “Objects and Apparitions”, an exhibition of Bishop's artwork at the Tibor de Nagy gallery in New York, lends a glimpse of her private life as a painter. The show gathers [...] by

Perfect Subject: Marfa Book Company’s Tim Johnson December 16, 2011: Canarium Books' Joshua Edwards has interviewed Marfa Book Company's Tim Johnson for Poetry Society of America, and it's aces. You might know the small town of Marfa, Texas as an art hub, but Johnson is pushing the poetry hard. He might be the Guy Pettit of the Southwest? And he certainly believes in bricks and mortar: There's that [...] by

Tonight! The Next Objectivists talk Kenneth Goldsmith; Tomorrow night! Kenneth Goldsmith talks Uncreative Writing December 15, 2011: Poet Michelle Taransky will join Chicago's Next Objectivists this evening to discuss the work of Kenneth Goldsmith -- in anticipation of his reading (!) right here at the Poetry Foundation on Friday. The Next Objectivists are a grassroots literary workshop. They gather twice a month at Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in Rogers Park, [...] by

Poe, in Comic Form December 15, 2011: Check out this comic strip, Tripp, from Kingsbury Manx guitar slinger and singer, Bill Taylor. Here's the backstory: Tripp is a cubicle jockey who spends his days writing code for corporate America. He has an impressive coffee mug collection and he’s in love with an impossibly hot and out-of-his-league coworker. A relatively normal [...] by