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they go up pretty easy August 18, 2009: How many passwords does Sharon Olds have? How many passwords does Seamus Heaney have? Does anyone other than them know what they are? The TIME Magazine in the dentist's office is wondering what happens to your cloud-borne data when you're dead. A relevant question for all of us who a) compute and b) are mortal. (Indeed, it recently occurred [...] by

taxidermy fiesta of revolutionary aquatic holidays lost August 17, 2009: I never thought about hurricanes very much until I moved to Alabama. Now I think about them a lot. Today's an important hurricane day: at 5:00 a.m. Atlantic Standard Time, Tropical Storm Bill became Hurricane Bill, the first hurricane of the 2009 season. And, notably, today is the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Camille's landfall near Bay St. [...] by

Milhous as King of the Ghosts, by Rachel Loden August 10, 2009: Now and then I think I have something of use to say about poetry as a category, but generally I'm much happier talking about poems. What attracted me to poetry in the first place, I think, was its prizing of instances, its radical recognition that the purse seine of theory inevitably lets slip millions of particular minnows. (And, to tax the [...] by

One of my songs spins backward, while the other plays forward August 4, 2009: OK, if that GIF is too annoying, just tell me, and I'll take it down. Would be a shame, tho. Adrian Matejka's second book of poems, Mixology, was published as part of last year's National Poetry Series, and I've finally gotten around to picking it up and checking it out. I knew Adrian very briefly when we both lived in Carbondale, Illinois, [...] by

Renaissance redux? August 1, 2009: Pop quiz: What do Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Joseph Heller, Frank McCourt, Art Buchwald, Pete Hamill, Edward Abbey, Elmore Leonard, Mario Puzo, James Dickey, James Wright, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Randall Jarrell, Frank O’Hara, Anthony Hecht, Richard Wilbur, A.R. Ammons, Paddy Chayevsky, Rod Serling, Aaron Spelling, Terry Southern, Walter [...] by

Recent books by Rick Barot, Chris Martin, and Karen Volkman July 29, 2009: [caption id="attachment_4478" align="alignleft" width="300" caption=""][/caption] Hi, Harriet. I'm going to do some more recycling! I wrote this review for some peeps and they never published it. I thought this was a bummer, not only because I'd spent time working on it, but also because I thought these books deserved some notice. I cut-n-paste [...] by

In the stacks July 26, 2009: I'm curious to hear your thoughts on the role of the library in your life as a 21st century reader and/or writer. I taught a summer class this past June, and when I needed to mark papers or work on my notes, I often retreated from the summer sun and my always-on computer screen to the basement of Gorgas Library here on the University of [...] by

What Is a Poet? July 21, 2009: [caption id="attachment_4304" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Participants in the "What Is a Poet?" symposium at The University of Alabama, October 1984. L-R: Bernstein, Vendler, Jay, Perloff, Altieri, Stern, Ignatow, Simpson, Lazer, Levertov, Burke. Photo by Gay Chow."][/caption] No, no, don't expect an answer from me; I'm [...] by

Hayden Carruth (1921-2008) July 17, 2009: Last summer, I was asked to write something about Hayden Carruth, and I did, but the folks who had asked me to write the piece never published it. Carruth died in September of last year. He had been an idiosyncratic but pervasive force in American poetry -- both as a writer of poems and a critic of poetry -- for more than fifty years. Here is [...] by

Overheard in the hallway July 14, 2009: "How are you going to have sex with a carny if you won't go to the carnival?" by