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Shall I nail thee to a summer’s day? April 20, 2007: Stephen Colbert challenges Sean Penn to a Meta-free-phor-all, with Robert Pinsky presiding. (Via Betsy and Jimmy) by

Use Your Allusion April 5, 2007: This is from the item about William McGonagall—by some lights, the world's "worst" poet—in today's PoFo News: "I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in the paintings because they are presented almost in a comic book format with lots of buried jokes and illusions." Illusions! Read it all [...] by

Peel Slowly and See March 26, 2007: Let’s make a Venn Diagram. Circle one consists of Einstürzende Neubauten fans; circle two, Dante aficionados. If you’re in the overlapping region, it’s time to check out Radio Inferno (posted at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog), a 1993 collaboration between E.N., Andreas Ammer, and the late great new-music DJ John Peel. (Thanks to Kosiya [...] by

Holding pattern March 22, 2007: Remember Brandon Stosuy's awesome PoFo piece on the Hold Steady/John Berryman connection? (You know, "How a Resurrection Really Feels"—the article with the passages that you tattooed across your back and upper thighs?) The Sto-dawg has alerted me to this video for "Stuck Between Stations"—we think it just came out yesterday—in which one [...] by

Direction Reaction Creation March 21, 2007: For no good reason, I’ve been reading the liner notes to Direction Reaction Creation, the Jam boxed set (boxed set of Jam sounds delicious) from—I was going to say “a few years back,” but this thing came out in ‘99! (Or ‘97, if you’re a vinylist.) The booklet, which is rather massive, keeps falling open to this passage—a sure sign [...] by

Astral Collection March 15, 2007: Jeffrey’s post about Lorca reminded me of when FGL appeared on my radar—I was reading “Astral Weeks,” Lester Bangs’s essay on the Van Morrison album of the same name, a gorgeous piece of writing that was knocking me out, paragraph by paragraph. And then . . . well, I won't ruin it for you. The piece (included in the first Bangs [...] by

Fourteen thousand poetry readers can’t be wrong—or can they? March 11, 2007: [Solzhenitsyn] must have vividly remembered how in 1958, a few years before he himself was embraced by the Soviet literary establishment, a crowd of 14,000 was bused by the authorities to Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow to denounce Pasternak as an enemy of the people after he had been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. One could describe this [...] by

The Trivia of Book Awards March 4, 2007: Thursday night, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize nominees were announced . . . in New York. The poetry finalists are:• Erin Belieu for Black Box (Copper Canyon Press) • Adrian C. Louis for Logorrhea (TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press) • Thom Satterlee for Burning Wyclif (Texas Tech University Press) • Frederick Seidel for [...] by