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Life Studies by Robert Lowell revisited April 30, 2010: I have known for years that Life Studies is one of Robert Lowell’s most important books and a classic of confessional poetry, but I had never actually sat down and read it from cover to cover. [...] by

Stacy Gnall April 26, 2010: A relatively recent undergrad of mine at Sarah Lawrence, Stacy Gnall just had her first book, Heart First Into The Forest, accepted for publication by Alice James Books. Even as a sophomore in [...] by

By The Time I Get To Arizona April 24, 2010: Reading today’s New York Times: Arizona Enacts Stringent Law On Immigration, sent a chill up my spine. It wasn’t the proverbial chill. This chill was colder and darker. I know the [...] by

a few words about The Lost Pilot by James Tate April 19, 2010: About 6 months ago, on Facebook, I was looking for ways to engage my nearly 1000 friends (many of whom I  had never met). One day I posted a provocative question as my status update to see what kind [...] by

Sarah Lawrence Poetry Festival this weekend April 16, 2010: The 7th annual Sarah Lawrence College Poetry Festival, a smorgasbord of verse sure to stuff your senses with well-pruned perceptions, is happening all weekend in Bronxville NY. Friday [...] by

Gossip from AWP April 15, 2010: Mina Loy and Vladimir Mayakovsky were making out in the lobby. Marianne Moore wondered how she end up at the off-site Flarf event. Anne Sexton wore kerosene sandals and set the dance floor on [...] by

Cindy Goff’s Appalachian Flood April 12, 2010: Recently a friend of mine from graduate school, Cindy Goff, a self-described Appalachian surrealist, self-published a volume of poems, Appalachian Flood, and is selling it on Amazon. Back in grad [...] by

Humor and Poetry April 8, 2010: I am slated to be on a panel on humor and poetry at AWP later this week. So the first question is: do I accept this premise on a personal level, is there humor in my poetry? The second question is: [...] by

Jim Harrison’s Letters To Yesenin April 5, 2010: I’m teaching an ambitious, one-semester poetry workshop entitled The (So-Called) Confessional Poets. We’re about halfway through the syllabus. For this week, we’re reading Jim [...] by

Good-bye Harriet June 30, 2007: So I am leaving Harriet today. My fourth book of poems, The Endarkenment, was recently accepted for publication (by University of Pittsburgh Press), and I want to focus on revising the manuscript, [...] by