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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 [...]

Mac Low, Cage, Root Poetics

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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 we might answer tends to put us on [...]

An Utter Up in the Speech of Smoke

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The last time I combed a woman’s hair was in 1968. I was five years old and liked to sit on the edge of the bed in late evening, after dinner, mostly when my father wasn’t around or had fallen asleep from work, band practice, or boxing. I would comb her hair downward with a [...]

Recombinatory Enumerations

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I was delighted, if a bit apprehensive, when invited to blog for Harriet during Poetry Month this April. I don’t really think of myself as a blogger. In fact, not at all. I’m a fairly slow writer, working in stops and starts, and a lot of the time I’m working on someone else’s writing—as an [...]


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This morning began in a hazed, white ambivalence suffusing all the space between my eyes and my I. Few thoughts, but many dots of motion, interventions of narrative, insects missing their wings; contaminations of the glare, hard to follow. It is a day of liver reaction, the Hep C flaring its intolerance to something I [...]

Santa Cruz Journal 1

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Two Deaths After ten years here Santa Cruz remains strange, a place of convulsive natural beauty. It also still feels like a remote part of LA, some different dimension of reality, where Topanga Canyon is crossed with an older, whiter version of Long Beach. The coast here faces south, as it does in the LBC, [...]

in spite of itself (ALL PURPOSE, CRUSHED)

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It’s poetry month. It is also, in the United States, the month of Autism Awareness, Jazz Appreciation, Confederate History, Arab American Heritage, Child Abuse Prevention, Sexual Assault Awareness, and Financial Literacy. Autumn in the southern hemisphere and spring in the northern. Month of the diamond, second rainiest, sacred to Venus, slash-and-burn moon, symbolic ploughing. Month [...]

Colleen Lookingbill

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Our little world here in San Francisco was rocked the other day when we learned of the death on Monday of local poet Colleen Lookingbill, whose presence among us was for so long the one steady thing you could depend on, a beam of kindness and vivacity in a world that valued other things entirely. [...]


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Another panel on the future of poetry? Another gathering of anointed poet-critics? It’s sinister. lbr, I’ve sat on such a panel before—four years ago, and if anyone asks me this question again, I’ll make the case again that the future of poetry is no future, that what’s interesting and unkillable about poetry is its blackbox [...]

My Education: The NY/SF Poetry Scene in the Aughts

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I miss New York and the poets there and I’ve dreamed (had actual dreams) about stroking through the double doors of the St. Mark’s Poetry Project to silent-movie applause—applause and davening, for Chrissake, as I dash up the aisle to the podium, bobbing in a Salton Sea of undivided attention, and the flaring tips of [...]


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In which I talk about reading UNDERCASTLE & Feliz Lucia Molina talks about making UNDERCASTLE   Divya: Reading UNDERCASTLE This is a travelogue in a parking lot written in the first person point of view. I am reading Feliz Lucia Molina’s book. I am reading poetry between bouts of Doritos couched like a total douche in my [...]

This Just In: Poets Have Twitter Accounts & Will Use Them Occasionally Throughout April

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We’re not the only ones gearing up for National Poetry Month (naturally): Twitter is also getting in the game. Mashable has rounded up 38 poets you should follow during cruel April. “Poets use the social platform in a variety of exciting ways, whether it’s to promote poems, disperse literary news or just as extensions of [...]

Prefatory Remarks for <em>Tarnac, A Preparatory Act</em> Composed by Jean-Marie Gleize, for <em>Warscapes</em>

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At Warscapes, Jean-Marie Gleize on his new book of poetry in English, published in January by Kenning Editions: Tarnac, a preparatory act is the most recent volume in my cycle of works published in France by Editions du Seuil’s series Fiction et Cie, created in 1974 by the poet Denis Roche. The six books of [...]

Crimea, Mon Amour

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[Note: Each month we feature a guest post from a contributor to Poetry’s current issue. Since Harriet will be filled with guest bloggers for the month of April, we're posting this one a day early. Valzhyna Mort’s “A Judgment Tale” appears in the April 2014 issue. Previous posts in this series can be found on [...]

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Programming for a Brief Announcement Which is Titled ALETTE IN OAKLAND

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The Bay Area Public School is preparing for a three-day symposium to celebrate the life and poetry of Alice Notley to take place this October. All participants welcome, regardless of institutional affiliations. Proposals and questions accepted at aletteinoakland@gmail.com. The Bay Area Public School is thrilled to announce ALETTE IN OAKLAND, a three-day symposium celebrating the [...]

Idra Novey on Our Nearing Epic of World Literature

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The Brooklyn Quarterly “asked writers and translators working today to share their thoughts and experiences of literary and cultural translation as a space that is perhaps simultaneously ‘old’ and ‘new’ for both the writer and the reader.” Just up is poet Idra Novey in response to the question, “What’s new in literary translation?” An excerpt [...]

A Hard-Won Innocence: Remembering Frank Lima

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At the Boston Review blog, Nico Alvarado has a lovely piece up about Frank Lima, who died last October. All true: Constitutionally averse as he was to categorization (“I do not align my lifestyle or work with the second generation New York School. . . . I do not want to be a ‘Latino’ poet. [...]

<em>The New Yorker</em> on Manhattan’s Spineless Real Estate Debacle: Venues for Indie Booksellers Shift to the Outer Boroughs

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In response to a recent New York Times article lamenting the dwindling booksellers in Manhattan—which we linked to yesterday—the New Yorker’s Rebecca Mead weighs in on the state of things for bookworms in Manhattan and beyond. Thank goodness, then, for cattle class: the outer boroughs. As Emily Gould, the outer-borough novelist, tweeted this morning, “that [...]

On Living Through Fictional Characters: <em>NYMAG</em> Packs Up and Heads to Iowa with <em>Girls</em>

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It’s Friday so we’re talking television. This week, Hannah Horvath—the protagonist on the HBO series Girls—earned an acceptance to the famed Iowa Writers Workshop. At New York Magazine, Lan Samantha Chang—the director of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop—and a few Iowa alums—join Boris Kachka to discuss the road ahead. The first thing Lan Samantha Chang, the [...]

Launching April 3: <em>Lost & Found Series IV</em> Includes a Film Script by Ed Dorn, Adrienne Rich’s Teaching Materials, & Much More

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Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative is back and launching its fourth series at New York’s CUNY Graduate Center in Room C198 on April 3. The projects for this round are amazing. Hmm? Thursday, April 3, 4pm Lost & Found Series IV Launch Ammiel Alcalay, Iemanjá Brown, Emily Claman, Stefania Heim, erica kaufman, [...]