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Memories and Thoughts on Adrienne Rich April 3, 2012: I was nervous about our lunch. I might have even dreaded it since I was afraid that I would somehow disappoint her (she chose my book for the Barnard Women Poets Prize and said she’d like to meet me). The Warwick Hotel possessed a vintage charm amid all the midtown chain hotels. It was where she always stayed when she came to New York, where [...] by

Poet Musician David Berman quits Band, outs Father January 26, 2009: File this under random gossip. David Berman, best known as singer of the Silver Jews and author of Actual Air, just "announced that he will quit his band and continue on as muckraker and screenwriter. It doesn't say anything about whether or not he'll continue to write poetry. I hope he does since Berman is a hit with the college students. [...] by

Rodrigo Toscano’s Collapsible Poetics Theater and Other Poetic Concerns January 14, 2009: Mark Nowak wrote a post last week in which he asked, “How does poetry address a working world that is not so stringently nation-bound?” This is an issue that I constantly think about. I feel compelled and I admire poets (in temperament, aesthetic or subject) who critique and respond to the careening forces of Globalization as well as the [...] by

Inger Christensen January 16 1935 – January 2 2009 January 8, 2009: I’m greatly saddened that Inger Christensen has passed away at the age of 73. If you’re not familiar with her poetry, she was the best known contemporary poet in Denmark. In the United States, she may have been read by few and far between but in Denmark, she was treasured by all: protesters used to chant lines from her poems during the [...] by

LA hiatus January 3, 2009: "Garden of Eden on Wheels" at the Museum of Jurassic Technology Apologies for the silence. I’ve holed myself in LA. And another apology for committing a blogging faux-pas. It’s always obnoxious when a blogger writes a post just to say that she hasn’t written for awhile. Who cares, right? Just get on with the program! I’m in the pit [...] by

The Life and Opinions of DJ Spinoza December 15, 2008: I have been waiting for Eugene Ostashevsky’s The Life and Times of DJ Spinoza ever since I saw his ribald virtuosic performance five years ago in some obscure midtown gallery. Yes, let me repeat that: He didn’t read. He performed. He even (and beware the white male poet who dares to rap before a podium) rapped. The rapping was 1.5 [...] by

Cunnilingus in North Korea December 12, 2008: (still from Paul Chan's video) I just noticed poetryfoundation’s video podcast section, which reminds me of Claudia Rankine's video essays. Poets expanding into multi-media collaborations are few and far between. Unfortunately, from the handful of collaborations I have seen, art becomes mere illustration to the poetry or the poetry becomes [...] 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

Revolver November 30, 2008: I first came across Robyn Schiff’s poem “Dear Ralph Lauren” at jubilat (where I’m a guest editor) and was floored by the formal and emotional torques of this wonderfully odd poem. Put simply, it’s a poem about Ralph Lauren (real name: Ralph Lifshitz). Put crudely, it’s about the narrator’s obsessive father fixation with Ralph [...] by

It’s the economy part II: scattered thoughts November 23, 2008: *An article that echoes my previous post on the recession and how it might affect artists. * Travis helpfully mentioned an old NEA article on artists in the workforce. On that note, isn’t the risk-averse Bush appointee Dana Gioia stepping down to do some soul-searching in Aspen? I’m curious to see who Obama will appoint as Gioia’s [...] by