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Second Person March 28, 2012: for You IF YOU WON’T LET US DREAM WE WON’T LET YOU SLEEP is what signs in Tahrir Square said in the days of the Arab Spring. In this case, we know who the YOU is. As Jane Sprague says, in her review [in XCP 12] of Ammiel Alcalay’s book, from the warring factions [Beyond Baroque 2002], we have “ideas of placing, of fixing – in [...] by

Translations of Awareness March 21, 2012: The eleventh hour fleeting as if it’s your hand I’m holding for Stacy Doris I look up from reading. Sun. A bird lands on the roof of the building opposite. Side-tracks, deviations—the dérive? [meaning “drift,” the topos, the “urban drift” of the Situationists, cf The Beach Beneath The Street, McKenzie Wark, Verso [...] by

Daive, Donkey, Monkeying Around March 14, 2012: My translation of Jean Daive’s A Woman With Several Lives (Une Femme de quelques vies, Flammarion 2009) has just come out from La Presse. Recently, an old friend and an editor in Canada asked who Jean Daive is, and why I translate poetry. “I mean,” she said, “you can’t work on your own poems if you’re working on someone else.” [...] by

This and That March 6, 2012: Why are we looking at this—what does this have to do with poetry (writing poetry) now? Said in class with some exasperation by a student. The this doesn’t matter. Its matter could be anything. It’s the exasperation that makes it/this crucial. The exasperation inspires this writing. Feeling it, taking it in, from her into me, mine own [...] by