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Wavy celery June 4, 2008: Reading Lucian this morning*, I came across this: "She said that Stratonice the wife of Seleucus had done something much more ridiculous....She set up a poetry contest with a prize of one talent. The theme was 'an encomium of Stratonice's hair'.... "Actually, she was bald and hadn't a hair of her own. Even so, though this wa the condition of her [...] by

You know you love me April 21, 2008: Are you excited for tonight's GOSSIP GIRL? (OK, catch your breath.) Now tell me: Does the show reflect poetry's diminishing cultural capital? In the CW show (which returns tonight after a long, writers'-strike amplified hiatus), Dan and Jenny Humphrey's father, Rufus, is a former rock star who now runs an art gallery; they live in Brooklyn. In [...] by

The Facts of Late Winter March 20, 2008: The new feature on the site, "Diversity Then!," by the novelist Paul La Farge, looks at the sensational faits divers penned by Félix Fénéon in the early 20th century. La Farge mentions that such swift, lurid accounts—poems in small—inspired everyone from Stendhal to Duras to the Surrealists, but modestly leaves out his own book, The Facts [...] by

Jumping the Snark February 23, 2008: R. Kikuo Johnson's graphic cover version of "Recitative" (by Harriet's own A.E. Stallings) appeared recently as part of this site's "Poem as Comic Strip" series. One of the commenters, Mahendra Singh, included a link... ...to his ongoing project of "fitfully illustrating Lewis Carroll"—specifically, "The Hunting of the Snark." It's wonderful [...] by

“Battlefield” unearthed…and more on Frank Stanford January 21, 2008: I'd love to hear comments from our Harriet bloggers and readers on Ben Ehrenreich's "The Long Goodbye," his epic, beautifully written piece on the work and life of the late Frank Stanford, up now on the Foundation site. Traveling from Stanford's Arkansas haunts to Yale's rare-book library, Ehrenreich carves out a gripping story: of Stanford's [...] by

Chance occurrence January 9, 2008: Pulp fiction fans—check it out! Levi Stahl's recent PF piece, "Baseball and verse," dug up some new and old poems inspired by our national sport. He paid specific attention to this mournful lament for the 1910 New York Giants: These are the saddest of possible words: “Tinker to Evers to Chance.” Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than [...] by

The case of the profound connection October 8, 2007: Ange asks: "Could it be that there is a profound cultural connection between the poet and the detective?" The answer is... Yes! Francis M. Nevins wrote on the topic for us earlier this year: Solve the Case, Solve the Sonnet by

Breathless October 1, 2007: At the PEN America blog, David Haglund digs up a curious George Plimpton anecdote involving John Steinbeck, Marianne Moore...and Jean Seberg. "Many years ago, I met John Steinbeck at a party in Sag Harbor, and told him that I had writer’s block. And he said something which I’ve always remembered, and which works. He said, 'Pretend that [...] by

E.P. on P.E. June 18, 2007: On April 10, Patricia wrote: "Phebus Etienne is dead. That won't mean anything to most of you...Phebus was a reverent Haitian lyric, a deft conjurer of language and light, a Cave Canem sister, an insistent glow...She was only 41." I e-mailed Patricia that, oddly enough, it did mean something to me... (Read Patricia's initial, eloquent post in [...] by

Why not the toes? May 13, 2007: At Paper Thin Walls, Poetry Foundation writer Brandon Stosuy on Lexie Mountain Boys: "The act skirts a line between spastic theater and avant-savant sound poetry slam (dancing)—sometimes it works, other times it's just loud." Listen to the track ("Stop and Discuss Part Three")—at a minute and a quarter, I say it [...] by