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Harriet Sightings October 22, 2007: Should I bring my laptop,” Ange asked. “Sure,” I shot back in email, wondering if it was a Mac or PC? We, like you, first meet Harriet's bloggers on the web, and then feel that we know them through their posts and comments. Setting eyes on them for the first time always fuzzes my mental picture. Ange doesn’t have black hair as in her [...] by

To Our Readers September 18, 2007: Where is Kwame Dawes? Did we muzzle Kenneth Goldsmith after his Madonna/Koons post? Why have Patricia Smith’s musings and shout outs slowed down? And who are all these newcomers prattling and jabbing away on Harriet? We always intended that our bloggers would change every three months or so. It just took longer than we expected because of [...] by

Ralph J. Mills, Jr. (1931-2007) via Peter O’Leary August 21, 2007: Peter O'Leary sent this note today: "The truly terrific Chicago poet Ralph J. Mills, Jr. passed away over the weekend. Here's a link to his obituary in the Tribune today. And here's a link to the small tribute page Tom Raworth has set up for Ralph on his website. (Tom lived in Chicago for a brief period, where he got to know Ralph.) Ralph - whom [...] by

Harriet is Reading You June 28, 2007: You are reading these words because your machine is reading code. The code instructs the machine how to respond to the clicks and keyboard strokes that you make in response to reading text. This interplay between words and machine code makes up Harriet’s (inter)face. If you wanted to create art by playing with Harriet’s make up—not just the [...] by

Indicator Species June 8, 2007: Recently, a reporter (Travis Nichols) called to ask why we publish Jim Behrle on our website. “Because he’s an indicator species,” I answered. His question got me thinking about other people and organizations that are breaking a pattern and in so doing, pointing out the vibrancy of the poetry world and its insularity. Jim Behrle Until [...] by

From Lebanon – Part Two via Tom Sleigh May 25, 2007: I spent the day in the Golan Heights, in a ruined Syrian town, Quneitra, absolutely destroyed in the 1973 Yom Kippur War between the Syrians and Israelis. Before the Israeli army withdrew after the 1973 ceasefire, the Israelis evacuated the 37,000 Arabs living there and destroyed the town, stripping buildings of windows, doors, anything that could [...] by

From Lebanon via Tom Sleigh May 22, 2007: Earlier in the year, we asked Tom Sleigh to write one of those Journals (yeah, the ones that C. Dale Young is missing so badly) from Lebanon where he was slated to travel as part of a cross-cultural scholarly exchange, this one sponsored by the Trans-Arab Institute and the Syrian Ministry of Culture. The trip was canceled because, as Sleigh wrote, [...] by

Outakes from Shanna Compton’s Podcast May 22, 2007: Hope you caught Shanna Compton's podcast on our site this week about the poetry blogosphere. Here are links to the poets and blogs she mentions in it (via her blog): Reb Livingston's blog Home-Schooled by a Cackling Jackal "Retention" by Reb Livingston in Kulture Vulture Her chapbook from Coconut Flarf: Mainstream Poetry Katie Degentesh's book [...] by

“Soft Skull is *not* over” May 21, 2007: Updated 5:40 p.m. thanks to Shanna Compton... Shoemaker & Hoard, soft skull press, and Counterpoint publishing houses were all purchased by Charles Winton and are being reorganized into a new publishing house known as Winton-Shoemaker. (via Shanna Compton's blog). Shoemaker & Hoard Announces Purchase of Soft Skull Press Shoemaker & Hoard [...] by

Trackback May 1, 2007: About half our readers come from search engines and other places looking for poems to post on their blogs. Here’s a few linking to us today: 1. Can’t you put up some more? Chris Frizzale on the The Stranger's blog complains about our Heather McHugh selection. What he might not understand is the complicated world of poetry permissions. 2. [...] by