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Avant-Garde Cooptation April 7, 2014: What follows is a brief account of avant-garde cooptation at work in conceptual writing and the related practice of “curating” digital archives of experimental art and literature. First what was the avant-garde? Not easily pinned down, it is usually taken for granted as a 20th century genealogy of passionate formal innovation and [...] by

‘PAUSE’ IS THE TENDEREST BUTTON: On Shiv Kotecha’s EXTRIGUE April 7, 2014: In which I talk about reading EXTRIGUE & Shiv Kotecha  talks about making EXTRIGUE Divya: Reading EXTRIGUE Everywhere—at the Jewish Community gym locker rooms and on the NFTA train from Allen Street to Delavan station—signs sing: IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING. I read Shiv Kotecha’s EXTRIGUE in these places where [...] by

100 YRS OF SELFIE POETICS: On Monica McClure and Edith Södergran April 7, 2014: 1. Who is the girl that gives it away, that petocha “with a little purse like a puta for cigarettes and change”? How is a lyric poem like a girl who stages for the public a private moment? Who spreads around her little book? Who brings the public into her privacy? Who thereby could be said to fake privacy? What kind of volatile [...] by

a closed parenthesis, and what it opens in us April 7, 2014: I’m in the Cincinnati, away from the SF bay area for a week, and I just learned about Colleen Lookingbill’s death from many friends’ emails, from Facebook posts, and from Kevin Killian’s deeply moving Harriet post. Kevin’s description of her generosity and valor is an open embrace of her life and work—an embrace that holds all of [...] by

When TISH Happens April 4, 2014: [caption id="attachment_84103" align="alignright" width="500"] Frank Davey[/caption] A kind friend who knows how much I enjoy memoirs written by poets sent me this book from Canada.  It’s less a memoir than the autobiography of a magazine, you might say, the product of a certain development in postwar poetics that continues to interest me.  [...] by

The Political Decision of Publication April 4, 2014: "I have a confession to make: I'm a little frightened. For I don't know where my freedom will lead me. It is neither arbitrary nor libertine. But I am unbound." -Clarice Lispector, Agua Viva I unintentionally opened Clarice Lispector's Aqua Viva to the above quote. At a café, a cool wind shifts the russet paper lanterns on new spring's bare [...] by

On My Metatextual Uncertainty April 4, 2014: I was asked recently if I cultivated a public image, and in response, I noted that I’m just trying not to embarrass myself. I was being a bit glib, perhaps, but I think it’s also a fairly accurate summation of my approach to interactions with the large, anonymous bodies to which the term “public” might reasonably apply. One way to [...] by

cento for love April 3, 2014: written for a performance with Dohee Lee and Simon Pettet on March 28, 2014 Poetry is not for the passive. It is, as Mayakovsky knew, at its very heart tendentious. Even the love poem agitates the beloved to fall in love with the poet. Like the first time I ever heard “Crazy in Love” is the only time I’ll ever understand. Once [...] by

FROM DISNEY’S PORN VAULT, A STORY THAT WILL BRING THE FAMILY TOGETHER, THIS APOCALYPSE. On Amanda Montei’s The Failure Age April 3, 2014: In which I talk about reading THE FAILURE AGE &  Amanda Montei talks about making THE FAILURE AGE   Divya: Reading The Failure Age There comes a time in every woman’s life when you must finally re-visit the fairy tale that your Mother forgot to tell you at night because she was busy telling you about Benazir Bhutto’s [...] by

Mac Low, Cage, Root Poetics April 3, 2014: [caption id="attachment_83964" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo by Anne Tardos[/caption] The basic question behind what I think of as root poetics sounds simple: what is language doing—for the poet, for humans at large, for the world—in fact, for itself? What is it doing there on the page/in our eyes or in the air/in our ears? The way [...] by