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In Defense of— June 28, 2013: I have an extremely stubborn resistance to entering debates about poetry that occur in mainstream publications. So while blogging this month for Harriet, I’ve stuck to my own interests and obsessions, pushing, too, toward some new thinking (as in things I’d not thought before) on poetics. That was exciting. While I was doing this, I was [...] by

But What About Haunting? June 26, 2013: [caption id="attachment_69804" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo by Torkwase Dyson[/caption] One of the few dreams I remember: a recurring one. In it, I am burying a body below an enormous house. I pull up floorboards in the basement, dig up enough dirt for a shallow grave, then toss the body in. My greatest sense in the dream is that no [...] by

And Then There Are Ghosts June 19, 2013: [caption id="attachment_69327" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo by Mark Auer[/caption] Twelve years ago my father died. For two years prior he had been fighting a debilitating cancer of the plasma cells called Myeloma. I watched him during that time shrink from a hulking, and sometimes frightening figure, to a slight shell, barely able to [...] by

The Stunning Poverty of Unrest June 11, 2013: [caption id="attachment_68865" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo credit: Francesco-Allano Torçy-Blanqui[/caption] At the Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival a few weeks back, I picked up a copy of Simone White’s chapbook, Unrest, which was published this year by Ugly Duckling Presse. In it she writes, “My brother called on the phone. I [...] by

What Does Somethingness Afford? June 3, 2013: [caption id="attachment_68463" align="alignright" width="500"] from “Situations 6″ by John Lucas and Claudia Rankine.[/caption] After recently being prompted by the Naropa Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, I watched Fred Moten’s lecture “An Ecology of (Eloquent) Things” on YouTube, which helped me begin to put some language [...] by