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The Longest Walk: “Memwars” of No One in Particular May 1, 2011: Katrina made landfall August 29, 2005, Rita followed on September 23rd. Roughly 9 months later, I’m boogying down the road to a devastated New Orleans in a tore-down little econo car in the passenger’s seat next to Mr. Congdon. Tim doesn’t look the way I imagined. His sandy hair is unusually thin, his ruddy complexion rather flushed, his [...] by

Unhappily Nappy? May 1, 2011: After the publication of my first book with Black Sparrow Press, publisher John Martin sent me a letter from a famous Objectivist poet who lauded my work and offered his literary support. However, he asked Martin if I were a prostitute. Because, if I were, then the work presented in Mad Dog Black Lady was truly amazing. Well—Martin had warned me [...] by

Someone Else’s Anthology: A Cautionary Tale April 30, 2011: I still can’t believe I went for the okey doke, given that I didn’t have a minute to waste effing around. Translation is not my poetry bag, but occasionally, I need some fun. And being in yet another anthology with the nation’s most reputable contemporary poets is always a draw. (I’m in over a hundred-and-fifty of them, poetry, fiction and [...] by

Henry Morro’s New Gig April 29, 2011: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life, Confucius purportedly said. On a recent visit to Southern California, while discussing the major influences on her work, Utah Poet Laureate Katharine Coles (Fault), director of the Utah Symposium on Science and Literature, mentioned that her parents were scientists. [...] by

On Wisconsin!—Poetry? YouBetJah! April 29, 2011: In his April 3rd Harriet entry on the anti-union, anti-human mishigas in Madison and beyond, Mark Nowak asks: ‘But this is a poetry blog… What does this have to do with poetry?’ It has EVERYTHING to do with poetry, education and the intellectual life of our nation—and all the arts! While corporations are given welfare, artists, poets and [...] by

Where Else Can I Say What Can’t Be Said? April 19, 2011: There are terrible dangers in writing what one knows, particularly when the information is personal. In the early days at Black Sparrow Press, publisher John Martin advised me not to write poems about my children. I listened and thought about it. His words have recurred as the years have fled, my children becoming adults, passing into the world, [...] by

What Does a Black Poem Look Like? April 9, 2011: The speculations of contemporary thinkers on the future of humankind tend to fail and often seem silly in retrospect. Only those with the power, position and money to design that future (on hugely political, scientific and economic scales) can predict it, because they control and influence the change in and the passage of the four governmental [...] by

Of Line Breaks and Amnesia April 8, 2011: Where o where dwell the line breaks of yesteryear? Has anyone wondered about the mind that can fathom Kantian syntax? Does anyone read Jeffers anymore? Has anyone taken a look at his line breaks? How about Double Axe? Does anyone remember that there was once movable type requiring the labor of typesetters and book designers, et al., who had to [...] by

Dandelions, cake, and absinthe April 6, 2011: In the conference dining room, the werewolves gathered, teeth dripping saliva and blood. Time to figure out why no one can get the proper amount of literary satisfaction for the bite or, at least, their fair share of readers gumming over their meaty tomes. Hugs spread disease, candles singe the fur, dandelions evoke sneezes, and cake efs up the [...] by

Ye Gods—The Oral Tradition Troubadours cum Slam Junkies! April 6, 2011: There is little worse than presenting your fledgling speech on attaining racial freedom and social justice in competition to an audience of White male adults in their secret-ceremony lodge hall when you are a space-age pudgy Black teenaged girl. No. There is nothing worse than presenting your hard-written original oratory to an audience of Negro [...] by