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Canadian Content on Harriet Plummets May 13, 2009: With this post, I reach the end of my run at Harriet. Many thanks to the Poetry Foundation for the invitation to blog and to the other bloggers for their comments and to all of the readers. I hope to [...] by

Talismans May 13, 2009: Some time ago, in the spirit of good fun, I asked the denizens of Harriet what was on their desks and – perhaps understandably – reaped few responses. What does it matter, the cluttered context [...] by

Poetry Is May 11, 2009: Recently, over at Slate, John Dickerson posed a challenge to readers: define the game of baseball in 150 words or less. Dickerson had been trying to figure out how to explain baseball to his six [...] by

Accidental Poetry and What to Do with the Stuff May 7, 2009: Archie: You ain’t yet explained to me what’s all the attraction with the Catholics? Edith: They have lots of interesting things – like those confessionals right in the church. They’re like [...] by

Harriet Goes to the Movies April 28, 2009: Throughout the month of April, the National Post, a paper up here in Canada (or down here, if you live in Wasilla or something) has been conducting brief E-mail interviews with poets, for its books [...] by

Where Would You Like to Live?: A Reading of a Poem I Like, Plus a Question April 26, 2009: Real estate is on a lot of minds these days, but it’s in them, too; isn’t the mind (read: the imagination) a kind of low-rent housing to which we can retreat, however briefly, when we’ve been [...] by

What One Can Learn About Poets from Their Acknowledgements: Some Rickety Conclusions April 19, 2009: They appear every few years, when poets put out new collections, which is to say: they appear infrequently. Indeed, they often resemble afterthoughts, slipped into the backs of books or shrunk down [...] by

Do I Dare Disturb the Reader?: Some Thoughts on Horror, Plus Two Brief Readings of Poems I Like April 11, 2009: Poetry, we’re assured, is a full-service operation. It makes nothing happen, provides momentary stays against confusion, gives language a good Swiffering, fills time at weddings, kills Time at [...] by

A Cinch(ing): A Reading of a Poem I Like April 5, 2009: At present, Canadian poet Elise Partridge can claim to enjoy a daily audience of many tens of thousands of readers. These aren’t just any old readers; they are those most coveted of literate [...] by

Poetry in Motion: A Slightly Awkward Attempt to Figure Out What This Term Means (and Thus Maybe Not the Best Example of the Term); Also, an Excuse to Quote Passages of Poetry about Baseball March 31, 2009: Occasionally, when we admire a thing – a particular pastime, say – we claim there’s a certain “poetry” to it. If the thing’s a moving body then we might call it “poetry in motion.” [...] by