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Nick Piombino’s Fait Accompli Blog 10th Anniversary May 3, 2013: The tenth anniversary of Nick Piombino’s blog Fait Accompli will not pass without comment. Following the NYC events of 9/11 Nick felt a strong need for literary community and dialogue and began to communicate frequently with poets on the Suny/Buffalo poetics list. Speaking further about the origins of Fait Accompli / Nick has said [...] by

Notes on Conceptualism May 2, 2013: What does conceptual poetry have to do with conceptual poetry? Is conceptual poetry conceptual poetry? Is conceptual poetry poetry? Conceptual poetry is mainly about unearthing neuroses in the minds of the people who make it. By far and away / the most common of these is obsessive-compulsive disorder. * Hunting and gathering is its [...] by

Notes while reading – Guy Debord and Gianfranco Sanguinetti / The Veritable Split In the International / Chronos Publications 1990 / (1972 in French) May 1, 2013: [caption id="attachment_66304" align="alignright" width="500"] Guy Debord[/caption] Submissive intellectuals who are presently at the beginning of their career see themselves obliged for their part to disguise themselves as moderate situationists or semi-situationists, only to show that they are able to understand the last moment of the system [...] by

Michael Gottlieb / Dear All / Roof / 2013 April 26, 2013: [caption id="attachment_65967" align="alignright" width="500"] Michael Gottlieb[/caption] The meaning is sometimes so dazzlingly apparent that our apprehension of it is instantaneous / so that it would be better to speak thus – our apprehension by it is instantaneous / or / its apprehension of us is instantaneous. Mr Gottlieb has a quick [...] by

Dorothea Lasky / Thunderbird / Wave Books / 2012 April 23, 2013: Thunderbird is a fairly seamless collection of lyrics / integrated around recurring themes and values. Beginning perhaps twenty years ago / the I-poem came under attack – for being egotistic / for failing to take advantage of the objective correlative / for being self-centered / for trying to dominate the sensibility of the reader as it [...] by

Julian T Brolaski / gowanus atropolis / Advice for Lovers April 22, 2013: Julian T Brolaski / gowanus atropolis / Ugly Duckling Presse / 2011 Julian Talamantez Brolaski / Advice for Lovers / City Lights / 2012 These Brolaski poems / neoretro in extremis / create neologisms (along the way) out of oldish standards of reference and out of oldish stances toward the language as such (and (perhaps) toward the language [...] by

Andrew Levy / Cracking Up / Truck / 2010 April 16, 2013: So many things are almost-being-said (periodically / here-and-there / parenthetically – abruptly) / that that-is-being-said (sometimes (first-and-foremost) over all (over all)). It will dictate its own conclusion Don’t resist Who is being addressed? We are – certainly / we are. Whose address is being taken down? [...] by

Thom Donovan / The Hole / Displaced Press / 2012 April 12, 2013: The Hole is presented as in process of completion / perhaps as still in process but not (not) toward completion – the title is hand-written on the cover / there’s some scribbling / a bar code / and a photo the image of a paper clip holds to the cover’s edge – the notes / which describe for the most part when the poems were written or [...] by

AIDS and (Its) Gentrification April 9, 2013: Sarah Schulman / The Gentrification of the Mind: Witness to a Lost Generation / University of California Press / 2012 For several years I’ve been considering the sprawl of MFA and BFA programs with which we have become inflicted / the fact that people talk about having “workshopped” a poem / and about the course they’ve [...] by

‘I (yet again) didn’t attend’: The 2013 AWP Conference April 8, 2013: Even though the 2013 AWP (Average White Poets?) Conference was closer to my home than usual / I (yet again) didn’t attend. Some indication as to why might be provided by quotes from a William Golding essay / and a few previous thoughts from my ongoing journal of ideas / This Is Thinking — During this last academic year in America I [...] by