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Poetry Done Right June 12, 2009: Free Blog Poll (Do your homework here.) by

The Music of Langston Hughes June 10, 2009: While the Roots–everyone’s favorite late night house band–prepare for the West Coast premiere of Ask Your Mama this August, insatiable Langston Hughes fans should check out this [...] by

Way Less West IV: Chicago! June 8, 2009: Yes, there were dangers in my journey to the happy land.  It’s tough.  But though I’m now tempted to tell of tygers, black-footed ferrets, and blue boobies I did not see,  I’ll [...] by

Way Less West III: Landscape Semiotics June 4, 2009: As I was saying back in Montana, I picked up a copy of Gary Snyder’s Mountains and Rivers Without End in West Yellowstone, and I’ve since been entranced. It’s a remarkable book for [...] by

Way Less West II: Country Matters June 2, 2009: The odyssey, as such, continues.  The Gallatin River is flooding but not cresting until Saturday, it seems, so we’re driving through the cold rain with the sniffles and a cat who is pulling [...] by

Way Less West June 1, 2009: The sunset is behind us.  It took some work to put it there, but there it is.   We escaped Seattle only five hours later than we had planned, and so I’m here in Spokane now nearing midnight, [...] by

Stakes pulled. Car loaded. Leg kick. Air guitar. May 20, 2009: In two weeks, my family unit and I will be driving from Seattle to Chicago.  A big move!  This family unit = my wife Monica, our cat Boo Radley, and a couple piles of stuff.  We all (Boo and stuff [...] by

Derek Walcott Drops Out May 13, 2009: The big poetry news this week (besides the bizarre “poetry jam” over at the White House) is Derek Walcott’s withdrawal from the Oxford poetry race due to an anonymous letter-writing [...] by

Robin Blaser (1925-2009) May 8, 2009: Robin Blaser, the poet of The Holy Forest, has died.  The Globe and Mail has an appreciation here, and The Quill and Quire has theirs here. Further tributes from: Charles Bernstein Possum Ego Damn [...] by

On the Pleasure of Hating May 6, 2009: Over at MAYDAY Magazine, there’s a contemporary criticism roundtable spun-off from Jason Guriel’s “Going Negative” (and tweaked a bit by Matthew Zapruder’s “Show [...] by