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Prufrock Moment February 5, 2009: There’s a particularly lovely bit in Stephen Colbert’s interview with Elizabeth Alexander the night after the inauguration. Colbert: [mock-pathetic] “Poems aren’t true, right? They’re made [...] by

Phillies! Phillies! Phillies! October 29, 2008: 9:58 pm South Philly— Whooos, horns honking, somebody hitting what sounds like a cowbell… we don’t have a TV and didn’t get around to see if it was streaming on-line, but we can always [...] by

GO PHILLIES!!!! October 16, 2008: The crowd at the ball game is moved uniformly by a spirit of uselessness which delights them– W.C. Williams, from “At the Ball Game” Fanaticism? No. Writing is exciting and baseball [...] by

Vitriol in the Arts August 4, 2008: Always glad to see August Kleinzahler, one of the best poets writing today, get some press. Reporters for mainstream papers who write about AK seem to like to ask Billy Collins for a quote about him. [...] by

Good Doggerel June 21, 2008: Sacco and Vanzetti in handcuffs I forget where online I found this, but I saved it in a computer file some months ago and only just came across it again. I suppose it wouldn’t charm me so much [...] by

The Pure Products of France May 14, 2008: This is a sad story. We noticed the posters from the first day we were in Paris. “SOS Doudou Perdu!!!” they said in boldface block letters above a photo of a baby’s lovey–a [...] by

Arson, a Recipe May 14, 2008: Last time we were in Paris, in 2004, we were staying in the 20th Arrondisement near Place Gambetta, an upscaling neighborhood on the edge of one of the more multicultural areas of Paris. It was [...] by

Opening Day May 14, 2008: A few hours before we left for Paris (we are here for a month), William Corbett’s new book from Hanging Loose Press, Opening Day, came in the mail, so I stuck it in my carry-on bag. Our first [...] by

Questions for Fady Joudah May 14, 2008: Fady Joudah 1. Your first book of poems, The Earth in the Attic, just came out from Yale University Press, the winner of the Yale Younger Poets Award, selected by Louise Gluck. How does that feel? It [...] by

Mother Goose is a Goth: A Found Poem May 4, 2008: Concerned that there’s too much violence in children’s movies, TV, video games and online? Maybe the problem is there’s not enough. From The Annotated Mother Goose, eds. William S. Baring-Gould [...] by