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See You in the Emergency Room, Part Two May 1, 2014: Continued from Part 1. Hobbling through Tompkins Square Park on a fine summer afternoon, I was lucky enough to cross paths with Karen Weiser. My crutches kicked off a conversation about the months [...] by

See You in the Emergency Room, Part One April 29, 2014: Nothing goes with dry ink like cold beer, but what happens when the beer dries up? When I broke my leg on a German parking lot in 2004, I was on my way back to Paris to see a woman I’d met after a [...] by

The Gravity Dumpling House April 23, 2014: God, I love poetry. When you’re a poet you can be hungover, broke, deeper in debt, famished and lovesick—and still come up astral royalty to the groundhog. The whiskered catfish in his bloodwarm [...] by

The Winter of Our Disco Tent April 18, 2014: “…the terrible and noteworthy irony…”—H.H. Bancroft. New York City during the war years was, unless you were eating sushi with the Simics, a dark and horrible place. It was as if [...] by

Four Failed Revolutions April 16, 2014: Whatcha doin’? The less you know about it, kid, the better. Aw, c’mon mister. I’m writing poetry. Hey, I’ve heard of that. …Are you a fruit or something? Not exactly. I’m here to [...] by

The New York-Montreal Express April 8, 2014: “I can’t keep going back to Montreal”—Lenny Bruce The Montreal poetry scene was absolutely hopping in 2002. That sounds a little ridiculous now, a little Brucian, and I wish there was a New [...] by

My Education: The NY/SF Poetry Scene in the Aughts April 1, 2014: I miss New York and the poets there and I’ve dreamed (had actual dreams) about stroking through the double doors of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project to silent-movie applause—applause and davening, [...] by

Strictly Amateur January 7, 2014: [Editor's Note: This "Open Door" piece is a response to Tyrone William's post "Amateur Poets and the Academy," posted on Harriet on October 21st, 2013.] When I was a student at Columbia University in [...] by