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Lisa Robertson: improvisation and wandering April 30, 2012: And so, having interviewed (and spent a few days with) one of the writers whose work I have most loved, most lived with, I now find myself faced with a loss and a gain. I gain a friend, but a person cannot stand for “poetry” if the person is now a person. And from my chair: a delicate improvisation unfurls raw. It was good. It was [...] by

Time and the Poem April 24, 2012: This post is written on an Amtrak train careening from DC to NY. Having just been at George Mason University where I gave a craft talk, a reading, and a talk about publishing, I offer the following: “Craft” is not a word I use very much when I speak to myself about poetry. I don’t consider that I am crafting something, but rather that [...] by

The Shape of the I Conference: Boulder and Denver April 19, 2012: I haven’t recovered enough to attempt even a provisional a summary of what was said. Instead, I’ll say this: We opened with Object Oriented Ontology represented by Tim Morton who spoke about the irreducible series of entities that go into the makeup of the podium (the actual podium), and who made the claim, with OOO, that “I” am no [...] by

Shame and the Shape of the I April 12, 2012: Maybe Rachel Zucker and Rodrigo Toscano are right. Maybe there are types of poets: those with powers (Bhanu Kapil and her divinations?) and those with weapons (Vanessa Place, reputed to have “killed” poetry?). The fuck-me poets (O’Hara in his tight pants?), and the fuck-you poets (no names). Perhaps, following my “Manifesto on [...] by

On Not Writing April 10, 2012: “If it is one of those blank periods when my mind shuts me out then I feel as if I don’t exist. “Writing was a way of translating the world and locating myself within it.” Lavinia Greenlaw, post of April 9:   On the day the computer broke I was with my family at the beach and had no notebook. Writing on scraps of paper [...] by

IT’S NOT CONCEPTUAL IT’S CONSENSUAL April 4, 2012: I figured if I put "conceptual" in the title of my post, I'd get more readers. Did it work? I'll never know. But the topic of this blog post is "consensual" poetics, not conceptual—whether or not conceptual poetry is dead, dying, moving into middle age, or still in its young adulthood. As I told Rachel Zucker recently, I don't believe in "types [...] by

April Fools April 2, 2012: All poets are fools. The word comes from Latin, “follis,” which means a leather bag, or a bellows. It comes to mean mad or insane or just plain stupid (I suppose) because of this image of an empty bag, a bag filled only with air whose only purpose is to blow more air. The woman who is readying my tarot cards today, April Fools Day, [...] by

On translating Apollinaire: Pilgrims of Perdition March 30, 2011: For almost a year I’ve been working on a co-translation of Apollinaire’s Alcoolswith Jennifer Pap, a close friend and a scholar of twentieth-century French poetry. Our motivations for this project are manifold. First, we simply wanted to work together on something exciting and difficult. Second, we had noticed that only one full translation of [...] by

The Making of This Part II March 23, 2011: ('This' At the Chocolate Factory) Or: on writing text for K.J. Holmes’s “This is Where we Are (or take arms against a sea of troubles)” Performed at The Chocolate Factory, L.I.C NY, March 9-12, 2011 Performed by: Jodi Bender, Keith Biesack, K.J. Holmes, Marin Sander-Holzman, Kathy Westwater, Devika Wickremesinghe. Music performed by: [...] by

The Making of This: Part I March 15, 2011: Or: on writing text for K.J. Holmes’s “This is Where We Are (or take arms against a sea of troubles).” Performed at The Chocolate Factory, L.I.C NY, March 9-12, 2011 Performed by: Jodi Bender, Keith Biesack, K.J. Holmes, Marin Sander-Holzman, Kathy Westwater, Devika Wickremesinghe. Music performed by: Doug MacKenzie, David Moss [...] by