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Douglas Piccinnini Reviews Jackie Clark’s <em>Aphoria</em> at <em>The Volta</em> Blog

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Jackie Clark’s full-length debut collection of poetry is here! Read Douglas Piccinnini’s response to her collection at The Volta. Jackie Clark’s full-length debut, APHORIA, dwells in “the pleasure of creating condensation where none should be”—as if somewhat abashedly, the speaker of these poems confesses. As if poetry—a kind of condensation, a possible pleasure would be—could [...]

‘A means of survival and a method for fighting back’: Norman Fischer on Uche Nduka’s Poetry

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Norman Fischer reviews Uche Nduka’s newest book, Ijele, at Jacket 2 and provides greater context to Nduka’s writing. How many poetries are there; how many could there be? The poetry of investigation, the poetry of protest, personal poetry, national poetry, international poetry, documentary poetry, poetry of war and peace, emotional, environmental, philosophical, identity poetry. And [...]

Matthew Zapruder on St. Mary’s MFA Program at <em>Publisher’s Weekly</em>

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Thinking about attending an MFA program? Look no further than this section of Publisher’s Weekly, where PW writers interview faculty at some of the nation’s top MFA programs. In this installment, it’s… Matthew Zapruder, faculty at St. Mary’s! Be sure to check out our interview with him about the Bagley Wright Lecture Series here, too! [...]

What a New Feminist Consciousness Looked Like for Montréal

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At Jacket2, we’re glad for Maggie Zurawski writing about Theory, A Sunday (Belladonna 2013), the recently translated version of a remarkable Canadian book on feminism and poetics that came out of–25 years ago–a women’s writers group in Montréal started by Nicole Brossard that included Louise Cotnoir, Gail Scott, Louise Dupré, France Théoret, and Louky Bersianik. [...]

Paul Legault Translates Those Meaningful to Susan Sontag in <em>On Photography</em>

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Paul Legault is at his creative translation again, this time unearthing what the authors really meant in Susan Sontag’s closing quotation section in On Photography. “There’s always a new thing to look at, the same way there’s always a new way to say that,” writes Legault for VICE. An excerpt of his renderings: Daguerre really [...]

The Dystopic Prophecy of Poetry & Other Notes on Franco Berardi at <em>Entropy</em>

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Brett Zehner sketches some solid notes for Entropy about Franco “Bifo” Berardi’s Semiotext(e) Interventions series book, The Uprising: On Poetry and Finance, which those of you interested in the intersections between capital formation and poetics have probably already read or read about. From the intro: His latest book The Uprising is “a manifesto for today’s [...]

For Amiri Baraka: Thomas Sayers Ellis’s ‘Vernacular Owl’

From Poetry Magazine

It’s hard to believe that Amiri Baraka passed away six months ago. The many readings and remembrances that followed his passing attest to his lasting influence. But how does one write a poem after, and for, Baraka? Thomas Sayers Ellis wrestled with the task. The powerful result is “Vernacular Owl”: Somebody had to clean that [...]

‘Poetic Kitsch Becomes a Dynamic Tool of Gothic Marxism’: Daniel Tiffany on Class in Avant-Garde Poetics

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Boston Review is making space to discuss class–in their words: “To confront, reinvigorate, and complicate the conversation about class in contemporary poetics, we are launching a poetry forum with this capacious essay by Daniel Tiffany.” Tiffany’s piece, entitled “Cheap Signaling,” investigates Marx’s original formulation of class, the attempts to define the category today, diction as [...]

Tyrone Williams Reviews Donato Mancini’s <em>Buffet World</em>

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Tyrone Williams reviews Vancouver poet Donato Mancini’s color-ful, not -ing book Buffet World (New Star Books, 2011) for Jacket2. Highly recommend you read both texts…here’s a hunk of Williams’s take on the bricoleur: Buffet World is one of those books that is “funny” but also utterly “serious.” That’s because the sublime and ridiculous, the outlandish [...]

‘The Poet is Inessential’: Alice Notley Reads from <em>Negativity’s Kiss</em> on KCRW’s ‘Bookworm’

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Here it is! Alice Notley’s debut on KCRW’s boulevard of bookish-ness, “Bookworm:” a program hosted by the ever-inquisitive Michael Silverblatt. In this installment of “Bookworm,” Alice Notley (the great healer!) reads from her newest collection of poetry, Negativity’s Kiss, published by Presses Universitaires de Rouen and distributed in the U.S. by Small Press Distribution. She [...]

A Post That Proves We Are Not Ready to Purge Trisha Low

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We’re definitely not ready to stop talking about her literary debut, The Compleat Purge (Kenning, 2013), which has knocked our socks off and Patrick Gaughan’s too, who reviews Trisha Low’s work in this recent post at HTMLGiant. I listen to NPR’s Morning Edition on Verdi’s 200th birthday. Soprano Sondra Radvanovsky says she loves Verdi’s operas: [...]

13 Ways of Looking at George Albon’s <em>Fire Break</em>

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Over the weekend at The Rumpus, Benjamin Landry reviewed George Albon’s Fire Break. In Albon’s latest title, Landry sees a strong connection to a certain modernist poet who lived in Hartford, Connecticut. Landry opens by locating Stevens in the lead poem to Fire Break: An ancient and fundamental cord began to vibrate in me when [...]

Lindsey Boldt Induces Us to Trance

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Lindsey Boldt, author of Overboard (Publication Studio 2011), is the new guest blogger at Drunken Boat! Her first post is an incredible tutorial on “how to be a sacred monster.” Or really, just how to care for yourself. Poets are not so great at this, let’s be honest. Then she goes into the trance: We [...]

Shakespeare’s Brand Cost Him 15 Large

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The Washington Post reports on the draft of William Shakespeare’s coat of arms currently on display at the Folger Library. The short of it: a) he paid a boot-load for his COA; b) possessing a COA as an actor was quite the cause célèbre ; c) it was worth ever last ducat! More: Would you [...]

Fate of Aby Warburg Library + Lisa Robertson’s <em>Thinking Space</em>

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Perhaps you’ve read a new work by Lisa Robertson entitled Thinking Space, published by Brooklyn’s lovely Organism for Poetic Research. If not, order it! After studying at the Aby Warburg Archive in London a year or so ago, LR wrote of the art historian and his relationship to the work of the baroque astronomer Johannes [...]

More on the CIA School of Creative Writing

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There might as well just be an MFA program for this too, already. Hyperallergic reports that the CIA, like “any proper organization that produces large quantities of writing” “has a style manual.” According to Hyperallergic’s assessment, the style manual is a thought-provoking glimpse into the organization’s use of word-play, tone, and rhetoric to communicate clearly [...]

Read On! Read-a-thon with Les Figues

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In case you haven’t heard yet, Les Figues is hosting a summer read-a-thon and you, kind reader, can take part! What’s it all about? This, for starters: As a nonprofit literary press, Les Figues publishes books that are innovative and exceptional—those same qualities that scare off most commercial publishers. Yet as a decidedly noncommercial press, [...]

<em>BOMB Magazine</em> Hosts Steve Dalachinsky in Conversation with Charlemagne Palestine

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Putting together your summer playlist? Look no further than Charlemagne Palestine and Steve Dalachinsky’s tre cool duet recently published at BOMB. Start here with Dalachinsky’s intro and be sure to read their conversation in its entirety. I knew that interviewing Charlemagne Palestine could be a very difficult task due to his exuberant, independent spirit. Pinning [...]

Dreams of a Stevens Museum Might Come True

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An update on our story from a few weeks ago: a group of investors, and avid Wallace Stevens fans, have come together to purchase the poet’s former Hartford, Connecticut home with the hopes of opening a Wallace Stevens museum. Among the investors is Stevens’s grandson, who owns some of the original furniture from the house. [...]

Robert Fitterman on Political Poetry: Not a Vice, at <em>Vice</em>

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What’s a political poet? Is the world “brimming over with a new political poetry”? Robert Fitterman explicates the haves from the have nots in his most recent article, and considers the politics in Trish Low and Steven Zultanski’s poetry, at Vice. Lately, there are a lot of poets around. I have never read or heard [...]