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Remembering Wanda Coleman December 6, 2013: There are only two poets who have shaped me profoundly as a poet. One of them is former San Francisco Poet Laureate Jack Hirschman, who is turning 80 years old next week whose birthday event I’ll [...] by

From Cut-Up to Cunt Up: Dodie Bellamy in Conversation November 21, 2013: Dodie Bellamy is the author of Cunt Norton (Les Figues Press), a cut-up investigation of The Norton Anthology of Poetry. Though she is typically identified with the fiction world, Dodie Bellamy is no [...] by

‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’: Lou Reed and the New York School of Poetry October 29, 2013: Almost immediately after the world learned the dismaying news that Lou Reed had died on Sunday at 71, the obituaries and tributes started to pour in—sharp assessments of his career, recollections [...] by

Sylvia Plath’s ‘Nick and the Candlestick’ September 25, 2013: Virtuosity, sheer eloquence, in great work has its own meanings: in the best Shakespeare sonnets, as a kind of sexual display or gift to the courted person, with the acrobatic wit amplifying [...] by

Louise Bogan’s ‘Women’ September 18, 2013: Unlike her elders T.S. Eliot and Marianne Moore, and unlike her juniors Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, Louise Bogan was born into the working class. Her father was a mill worker. She won [...] by

Edwin Arlington Robinson’s ‘Eros Turannos’ September 11, 2013: Is “Eros Turannos” by Edwin Arlington Robinson an “overwhelming” work of art? I’d be tempted to say so (and possibly have). I’ve written about the remarkable form of the poem as a [...] by

Stevie Smith’s ‘Thoughts on the Person from Porlock’ September 4, 2013: On a personal level, affectionate teasing can express love, of course. In some families, benign mockery is a prized, vital form of intimacy. Comedy of the self, comedy of the other person, a [...] by

The Man Behind the Piano Van: Chris Stroffolino in Conversation July 22, 2013: Last month Chris Stroffolino wrote in to Harriet to follow up on the news story we ran in March about his music, poetry, and the recent difficult events in his life, including a stroke and job loss. [...] by

Experience Unlimited at the East Bay Poetry Summit June 17, 2013: I told lots of people that I was going to write about the East Bay Poetry Summit for Harriet’s “Open Door” series. And each time, I followed it up with a confession: “It was so [...] by

The 2013 Buffalo Small Press Book Fair Recap May 29, 2013: On Friday, April 5th I found myself in the wrong rust belt city, surrounded by the wrong group of rust belt poets. I was in Cleveland when I was supposed to be getting ready to write an “Open [...] by