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the buddhist April 26, 2011: A year ago when I was writing for Harriet during National Poetry Month, I blogged about a reading given at White Columns here in New York City by Tim Griffin, Kevin Killian, and Dodie Bellamy. In my post I described Bellamy as “among the most significant underrecognized and underappreciated writers working today.” These things are relative, of [...] by

The natural April 20, 2011: Rachel Zucker’s April 1st post asking fellow Harrietiers (and others) if they wanted their poetry to be timely or timeless generated a number of interesting responses. Most seem to want to be at least partly on the side of timely. (One result of 9/11 is that it rendered the last of the timeless poets obsolete.) More precisely, most respondents [...] by

The common(s) April 16, 2011: Last April, when most of us here were Harriet blogging for National Poetry Month, Thom Donovan posted some questions he hoped would elicit response. For instance, his query, “Is there a particular historical moment or configuration that, though it is past, still holds conditions of possibility for the future?” prompted me to write, “Early to [...] by

Tweet Tweet April 7, 2011: For National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets asked a different poet to use Twitter each day. As is the case with most social media, the results have varied widely. D.A. Powell (fellow Harriet blogger from the summer of 2008) started things off on April 1 by asking, “What was the 1st poem you fell in love with?” which generated [...] by

Poetry and adoption April 5, 2011: In my previous post, I was trying to wander from a poetics of exile to a discussion of adoption, but I didn’t quite make it. I guess that’s appropriate for a “poetics of non-arrival” (Judith Butler’s phrase re: Kafka). But I do want to bring some attention here to a new blog started by Eileen Tabios and devoted to the relationship [...] by

A poetics of exile April 4, 2011: This is my third time blogging for Harriet, which partially brings to mind the phrase, “Welcome home.” And yet I’ve always been perplexed by what actually constitutes home. To remain on the verge of arrival is just a different way of saying liminal. I was having a conversation this morning with a yoga teacher friend who said she best [...] by

departing thoughts April 30, 2010: The last time I blogged for Harriet, it was a more intimate affair. It was the summer of 2008, and there were six of us (I think). Current bloggers Linh Dinh and Mark Nowak were in that batch, although I think Linh was blogging for more than just the summer. This time around has felt more frenetic. Maybe that’s just my own life, or maybe it’s [...] by

correction April 28, 2010: In my previous post, I asked—given Rob Fitterman’s direct appropriation of captions taken from photos archived at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—whether or not Charles Reznikoff might be considered a forerunner of Conceptual poetics, especially given its heavy reliance on strategies of appropriation. I soon received a [...] by

conceptual or literal? April 26, 2010: The Segue Reading Series is New York City’s longest-running platform for avant-garde writing. Started in the mid-’70s, it used to be more commonly known as the Ear Inn series, and was generally the territory of Language poets and their fellow travelers. In the late ’90s, it expanded its roster, and now features a fairly wide range of [...] by

NSFW April 24, 2010: For the past decade, visual artist Paul Chan has created a series of customized fonts based on the texts of various poets, writers, social philosophers, artists, and political movements: Stéphane Mallarmé, Charles Fourier, Agnes Martin, ACT UP, etc. Chan uses excerpts from these texts to make fonts that transfigure and disfigure words typed into [...] by