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Reginald Shepherd (1963-2008) September 11, 2008: Reginald Shepherd died earlier this evening. We will miss you, Reginald. Reginald Shepherd's Blog Reginald Shepherd's Harriet page You, Therefore For Robert Philen You are like me, you will die too, but not today: you, incommensurate, therefore the hours shine: if I say to you “To you I say,” you have not been set to music, or broadcast live [...] by

Man Reading Yeats at Wrigley Field August 14, 2008: Don Share wrote in response to Michael Robbins: And then B. [Walter Benjamin] says, commenting on the "ancient lament that the masses seek distraction whereas art demands concentration from the spectator...." Here's a spectator absorbed by art... Bob Kaul was in the apparel business for 40 years and on retiring he discovered poetry. On Sunday [...] by

Talking in Public July 15, 2008: A housekeeping post: We realized that unless we highlighted how commenting works on Harriet, she could morph from this…. into this… Before explaining how commenting works (so that we are completely transparent), let me back up a bit. Harriet, the blog, is an iteration of Harriet Monroe’s Open Door policy: "The Open Door. will be the [...] by

Agitprop vs. Poetry July 11, 2008: During the Vietnam War, both Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov “struggled aesthetically with the turn from lyric to public address.” The different ways that they resolved that issue destroyed their friendship. After reading The Letters of Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov and a collection of essays analyzing their conflict (Robert Duncan [...] by

Christian Conceptual Poetry: Divine Authorship or Appropriation? June 11, 2008: Several Christian poets invented conceptual poetry long before Kenny G. All four claim to have composed--with the help of divine inspiration--a popular Christian poem called "Footprints" and all "have memories of the precise moment when they dreamed up these lines." Rachel Aviv first reported on this "accidental plagiarism" here. Carl Jung [...] by

Hellos, Goodbyes, and a Hiatus May 19, 2008: In case you missed Daisy Fried's sign off from Harriet, it’s here, at the bottom of one of her wonderful dispatches from Paris. We’re going to miss her quips and critiques, and her exploits with Maisie and Jim. Do you know anyone else who has read Tristam Shandy out loud? Invented the new American classic Moby Dickinson? Or spoken about [...] by

Hellos and Goodbyes January 22, 2008: Our planned cycling of Harriet impersonators is causing some pangs. One regular reader Mary Meriam writes: “I understand Alicia’s [A.E. Stallings] days are numbered with you, Harriet. What a pity!” We couldn’t agree more. Though we fashioned Harriet to change personalities every three to four months, facing the switchover is difficult. [...] by

From the Editors of Chicago Review November 4, 2007: After reading the numerous responses to Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young's "Numbers Trouble," Jennifer Ashton's response, and our note, it became clear that we needed to make these articles available online. We hope the essays will ground a larger exchange of ideas. Chicago Review http://humanities.uchicago.edu/orgs/review/ (Follow the links for [...] by

Numbers Trouble via the Chicago Review November 3, 2007: View image View image We'd been hearing for a month or so about a forthcoming article in the Chicago Review called “Numbers Trouble,” an essay written by Juliana Spahr and Stephanie Young on gender and contemporary poetry, plus a response by Jennifer Ashton. When I ran into Joshua Kotin, the editor of the Chicago Review at a poetry event, I [...] by

Essentialism? Say What? November 3, 2007: I’m eavesdropping; my hand cupped around my ear to better hear the conversation at the next table--a poetry clan is debating an article that has riled them—and it’s by one of their own. Previous issues of Chicago Review and women’s anthologies clutter a table already crammed with a computer for browsing the [...] by