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The things people write in books! January 7, 2009: I mean literally, the things people scrawl on the flyleaves and in the margins of books. My mother taught me not to deface books, not even to dog-ear them, but tell it to a poet! There's real treasure in literary marginalia: notes, scribbles, and assorted editorial comments added to books. Take Blake's famous comment on Francis Bacon - [...] by

New Year Greeting January 2, 2009: Harriet asks me to wish you all the best in the new year, and to thank all the readers, bloggers and commenters who've stopped by these last twelve months and more - please do keep coming back! In the new year's resolution department, she also wants me to remind everyone to be kind as circumstances permit: to fortify and express your passions [...] by

The fist of survival: On childhood and poetry December 5, 2008: I wanted to leave everywhere from about the age of nine. This involved delinquency at school and withdrawal from the home scene. I didn’t like grown-ups with the exception of my father and felt uncomfortable with what was given to me as a birthright and what later came to be understood (by me and my culture) as meaning: White. The quote is [...] by

Information, Thy Nemesis is Reverie November 25, 2008: Quoth Ange Mlinko - Just three years ago I was sitting in a room of a Madison Avenue office tower, listening to my boss make a pitch to his boss, a hedge fund manager. Normally, during my spotty career as "content specialist" in various capacities, meetings were an opportunity to get hopped up on coffee and doodle. This was not to happen in front [...] by

Ready for…. Issue 2?? November 20, 2008: Yep. What would an Issue 1 be without an Issue 2? by

Deciphering the “mi’kmaq book of the dead” November 11, 2008: Although it's not essential to this visual poem or an appreciation of it, mIEKAL aND has produced a translation of what you see above; it begins like this... take from me / the great beliefs / because / it is written / they gathered together / again / so you taught us / to have a long life / some things / are beyond / the time is here / from [...] by

Editing yourself out… and in. November 10, 2008: We open on a tiny flat in Dublin. A young poet sits by a window, writing. But something is wrong. The poem—eloquent, sonorous, carefully crafted—feels off. Studying the page, she suddenly realizes why, and the reason hurts harder for having been so easy to miss: she edited herself out. So begins Carmine Starnino's review essay - in the [...] by

Of course we did! November 4, 2008: "There is simply too much to think about. It is hopeless — too many kinds of special preparation are required. In electronics, in economics, in social analysis, in history, in psychology, in international politics, most of us are, given the oceanic proliferating complexity of things, paralyzed by the very suggestion that we assume [...] by

Will there be time for eggnogs and eclogues in the place where we’re going? November 3, 2008: The title of this post is from my fave Halloween-season poem, "What the Spider Heard," by Weldon Kees. And just in time for your tricks and treats, a change in seasons, the onset of "standard" time, and the big election - we're pleased to announce... ... a few changes here at Poetry. We're introducing a redesigned new Poetry magazine website [...] by

The hybrid-way or the highway October 8, 2008: The Oxford English Dictionary says that the word "hybrid" comes from the Latin hibrida - the offspring of a tame sow and wild boar. There are lots of citations of Darwin, but we won't go there; now, I'm not the guy who just finished reading the entire OED, but it looks to me as though the word has fewer citations from poets than almost any other [...] by