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Felix Gonzalez-Torres: Vultures September 3, 2015: I wish I could have seen Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s show “Untitled (Vultures)” (1995). I grew up in South Florida where the vultures are constantly circling. It was actually not until I moved to [...] by

Nocturne: José Asunción Silva September 1, 2015: Nocturne III           A night A night full of hushings, of the curled wool of perfume and incanting      wing, [...] by

Talking About What We Don’t Talk About: Roundtable with Eunsong Kim, Amy King, Lucas de Lima, Hoa Nguyen, Héctor Ramírez, Metta Sáma, Nikki Wallschlaeger August 31, 2015: Poetry, Careerism & Institutions: These concepts are often talked about but usually behind closed doors. The writers in this roundtable haven’t necessarily reached solutions or [...] by

‘Literature is against us': In Conversation with Anne Boyer August 30, 2015: If you don’t know Anne Boyer’s work, you should. She’s a fierce intellect, tremendous poet, and laudable person. I’m grateful she spent time untangling my meandering [...] by

Young Poets Bare All: What Is a Culture? August 28, 2015: Don’t swear so much. Aren’t we decorous? What Is a culture? It’s an enormous detailed lie lived in, wrought beliefs, A loving fabrication. What’s good about it? Nothing. It [...] by

A Response from the Writers of ‘What Is Literary Activism?’ August 27, 2015: [Editor’s Note: This post was written as a response to a letter originally posted on August 21st, responding to “What is Literary Activism?“] Dear Wendy Trevino, Juliana Spahr, Tim [...] by

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 2) August 26, 2015: [Editor’s Note: Part 1 of “Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets” can be found here.] On Carolyn Kizer Carolyn Kizer was my poetry mentor, great friend and goddess. Here is an [...] by

Call and Response: The Gifts of Women Poets (Part 1) August 25, 2015: “When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.” —Audre Lorde While I am very much a fan of recovery [...] by

What Is Literary Activism? August 18, 2015: This past summer, I was asked to talk about my literary activism as part of an acceptance speech for an award I was receiving. This request threw my current actions into sharp relief. Was I doing [...] by

Pretending to Disrupt, Merely Distracting: Plundering Privilege in the World of Poetry August 11, 2015: It should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me and knows I grew up steeped in the south’s Bible Belt culture of racism that I am compelled to reflect on the surrounding culture, specifically [...] by