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POEM March 4, 2011: 210. I am in the habit of saying: “Every poem is an opportunity to destroy my career.” 211. When I say it, I imagine completely new work. Maybe I abandon the typographic experiments of The Black Automaton in exchange for a more traditional sonnet crown. Or I leave behind my investigations into manhood for poems about birds. I mean to [...] by

POET February 23, 2011: 

169. Ars poetica or arsehole poetica? Subtitle: Why and how I wrote the long, obnoxious poem: “The Poet Writes the Poem That Will Certainly Make Him Famous.” But first… 170. [caption id="attachment_22580" align="alignleft" width="460" caption="The Dove, 1964 Romare Bearden"][/caption] 171. That’s “The Dove” by [...] by

POST February 16, 2011: CRATE Bhabha, Homi K. "Locations of Culture" Locations of Culture Florence KY: Taylor & Francis, Inc. 2004 Black Sheep. "Butt in the Meantime" 1991 MC Shan. "The Bridge" 1987 Boogie Down Productions. "The Bridge is Over" 1987 Smitherman, Geneva. "African American English: From the Hood to the Amen Corner" Keynote [...] by

COST February 10, 2011: 106. Water. 107. Of heroes and their monsters: A more horrible monster requires a stronger hero. As such, their conflict provides a way of knowing. A reckoning reckoning. 108. I heard this in a lecture on Beowulf, but knew it from comic books. Beowulf and Grendel, like the X-Men and Magneto, provide narrative [...] by

CAST February 1, 2011: 75. Clearly, if you can make yourself intangible or, contrariwise, turn your skin to metal, advancing your skill demands resources beyond what underfunded public schools can provide. Thank goodness there’s Charles Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters! 76. In The Uncanny X-Men, a comic book about a group of super-humans (mutants, [...] by

MAST January 24, 2011: 46. Back when considering mess, I suggested an approach akin to ekphrasis. Where the response to non-literary art is neither an ode nor elaborate caption, perhaps barely even a dialogue between the poem and, say, painting. Instead, the poem would attempt to do what the painting does at a dynamic level versus an (a) dialogic or (b) allusive [...] by

MASS January 17, 2011: 17. I’ve written of failure in a poem as rubble, mess I could mess with. Of how I thought that syntactic ruin was a byproduct of revision—mistakes and accidents to delete. And of how I came to recognize that a finished poem could document and display the act of working something from the wreckage. 18. In effect, the poem may perform an [...] by

MESS January 10, 2011: 1. My poetry is often guided by an impulse to fail. When this is the case, writing is an attempt to salvage something from the mess. 2. The bluesman makes an assertion, then revises it, restating it. The repetition is no righter than the originary line, but he’s moving on. Perhaps the accumulation of variations will be right. Maybe that [...] by