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My Poetry Picks for 2013 December 2, 2013: I have to preface my choices for the “best poetry books of 2013” with a caveat: I know the people who wrote these books, and I like them very much. But I also admire their work very much, and knowing them as people has only enriched my appreciation of these books, which I truly believe to be among the best of 2013. Here they are, in no [...] by

Dark Places (Part Two) April 30, 2013: The easy part was posting other people’s answers to the question: “Why Do You Write?” in Part One. Now comes the tricky part: answering the question myself. One of the first poems I ever wrote, at age 5, went like this: I like crackers I like bread Because they’re both dead The companion piece to that poem was [...] by

Dark Places (Part One) April 26, 2013: More than a month or two ago, poet, librarian and mountain climber James Wagner asked writers (poets, fiction writers, nonfiction writers) to answer the question “Why do you write?” for his tumblr, Mobile. I was one of them, but I’ve avoided answering the question for, well, one or two months now. I hate answering questions like that. [...] by

Instead of Reading This, You Should Be Reading David Markson (Part Two) April 22, 2013: As promised in Part One, here are excerpts from the postcards and letters David Markson sent me from 2003-2010: I still regret that inadequate answer to your letter. (Whatever it is, here—age, the rotten weather, my 97 sundry infirmities, etc.) I will try, try, try to get off my butt and set up a drink or whatever. (I cannot [...] by

Instead of Reading This, You Should Be Reading David Markson (Part One) April 19, 2013: The novelist David Markson died three years ago, in early June. I got my last postcard from him, after a seven-year correspondence that started with the most fawning fan letter imaginable, in late March of that year. What started as a friendly, teasing exchange between interested parties—I was interested in David because I adored his work; [...] by

Just Saying: On Rae Armantrout’s Latest Book April 18, 2013: 1. I opened Just Saying for the first time to the second poem, “Instead.” I was immediately struck by the first section, which reads: To each his own severance package. The Inca hacked large stones into the shapes of nearby peaks. After this it jumps to a new section about the non-existence of ghosts; the third [...] by

Work. Part Two April 12, 2013: To follow up on my previous post, I've gathered some thoughts on work from a few of my favorite poets living here in New York, all of whom happen to have interesting and demanding full-time jobs. I chose to interview NYC poets because of how extraordinarily difficult it is to live and work and write here, due to the high cost of living. See [...] by

Work. Part One April 11, 2013: Hannah Gamble’s post about the Fence Family Brunch at this year’s AWP conference got me thinking about work. She and Fence Managing Editor Rob Arnold discussed their “worst jobs ever,” and I’m always intrigued to hear what creative people are willing to do to support themselves and their “habit.” These are questions I’m forever [...] by

Brooklyn + Poets + Moms! April 5, 2013: The doorbell rings. Amanda’s here, with Beckett (4) and Scarlett (3 months). We lug the kids and their attendant gear up three flights of stairs. As soon as we’re all settled inside, the apartment feels smaller and things get hectic. The boys—Beckett and my son, Caleb (2)—play with Legos, tussling a bit over who gets what colors. Mandy [...] by

In the Waiting Room April 1, 2013: In the last year and a half, thanks to various potential threats to my health, I’ve had ample time to consider the particular space of the waiting room. I always set out for a doctor’s appointment with noble resolutions about how I’ll use my time—I plan to read, and grade papers, and start working on a new poem. But as soon as I step [...] by