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‘A Near-Perfect Piece of Literature:’ Maggie Nelson Reviews Ben Lerner at <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em>

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Los Angeles Review of Books presents two writers who work across the boundaries of poetry, prose, and scholarship: Maggie Nelson and her fabulous review of Ben Lerner’s new book: 10:04. BUT OF COURSE every generation has its own version, its own smoldering apprehension of end times, of the foreclosure of human history, the cessation of [...]

Writing About Race: <em>Los Angeles Review of Books’s</em> Tess Taylor Considers the ‘Texts with Which We Craft and Fathom Our Lives’

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After Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (Toni Morrison) and after “The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket” (Edgar Allan Poe), Tess Taylor considers the impact of race in the writings of three contemporary poets: Jake Adam York, Rachel Richardson, and Martha Collins. Morrison then, asks us both for new criticism [...]

Meet the ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls’ on de Battlefront

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On Labor Day, I wrote as a status update: We live in volatile times, yes. But creative and productive ones as well. Keep that in mind as the number of crises increases. The tightrope is not a metaphor; it’s where we all are, between our grand intentions and the air. And on that tightrope, there [...]

Wittgenstein’s <em>Tractatus</em> Now in Opera Form

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Poets! Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus has been adapted into an avant-garde opera by Finnish composer and musician M.A. Numminen! This odd character, who caused a stir in the 60s by setting sex guides to music, took it upon himself to do the same for many of the Tractatus’s propositions, and the results are, well…. Listen [...]

Sylvia Plath Wasn’t Just ‘Queen of Melancholia’

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The Airship (a cultural purveyor from the friendly skies) has a piece on Sylvia Plath’s non-depression! Gennie Rivieccio notes that Plath “did in fact live a very pleasant life before her demise.” More: What made Plath her most ecstatic in 1953 was winning a guest editorship at Mademoiselle in New York City. In Elizabeth Winder’s [...]

Hello, Colorado: <em>Timber</em> Watches Andrew Zawacki’s  <em>Videotape</em>

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Scoot on over to Timber, the official journal of the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Colorado (Boulder), where Alexis Smith investigates the branches of Zawacki’s newest title, Videotape. In “How to Lens: Music as Mediator in Andrew Zawacki’s Videotape,” Smith begins with a quote from Zawacki, and then moves on to [...]

Joe Wenderoth in Conversation at <em>BOMB</em>

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Get yourself right here to the web presence of BOMB Magazine, where San Diego-based poet and writer, Paola Capó-García, interviews Joe Wenderoth on the occasion of his newest collection of poems: If I Don’t Breathe How Do I Sleep (Wave Books, 2014). PCG There’s a lot of attention in this collection being paid to playing [...]

Susan Gevirtz Talks to <em>SF Weekly</em> About Ancestors, Prisons, Writing, More

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Susan Gevirtz is interviewed for the Culture section of SF Weekly: ” I’ve always lived a little in the turn-of-the-century or had a fascination for that time. And the pogrom trauma and the immigration and much else is alive in my cells — I contend with it. We all are contending in this way I [...]

Ben Lerner’s Favorite New Directions Books

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You know you’ve made it when…The New Directions blog gets an annotated look at Ben Lerner’s bedside table! Sorry, nightstand! The favorites are: “My sense of the possibilities of language is so inextricable from the New Directions list that I find it almost impossible to pick favorites.” Wait, hang on: Rosmarie Waldrop – Curves to [...]

Fifty Years of Buffalo Poetics Readings Now Digitized!

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How’s that for back to the future? PENNSOUND announces that it has archived fifty years of poetry readings sponsored by the SUNY-Buffalo Poetics Program: from 1963-2003. FIFTY YEARS. Take your pick of so, so many highlights. There’s George Oppen reading “Of Being Numerous” in 1966 and again in 1967, Stan Brakhage’s Walking the Dog seminar, [...]

Return to Waterloo

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Ray Davies’s “Waterloo Sunset” is one of the loveliest songs in rock. A light-handed paean to the pleasures of solitude, distance, and that spiritual equanimity the Greeks called apatheia, it turns a public form—the evergreen pop superhit—into a private, almost diaristic occasion that makes listening feel like a transgressive listening-in. Ray Davies’s “Return to Waterloo,” [...]

Sophia Le Fraga and Ana Božičević Bring Wild to <em>The Wild</em>

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Your internet Thursday would be woefully incomplete without this fabulous interview featuring Sophia Le Fraga and Ana Božičević published at The Wild! We’re used to opening the book, reading the page, turning the page, finishing the chapter, closing the book. Repeat. What about clicking the page, watching the book and changing websites? Duo not_I, composed [...]

Formally Attributed Generic Feelings: Diana Hamilton’s Great Review of Rob Fitterman’s Borrowing of James Schuyler . . .

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Diana Hamilton reviews Rob Fitterman’s newest book, No, Wait. Yep. Definitely Still Hate Myself. (Ugly Duckling Presse 2014) for Coldfront! This is a book the protagonist of which, as UDP tells us, is “subjectivity as a mediated construct—the steady steam of personal articulations that we have access to are personal articulations themselves already mediated via [...]

Bay Area Public School Announces Three-Day Symposium on Alice Notley

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The rumors are true: Alice Notley is coming to Oakland (with your help!). She’ll be invoked in Oakland, while present. And then celebrated. And considered. All in October. Announceth The Bay Area Public School: The Bay Area Public School is thrilled to announce ALETTE IN OAKLAND, a three-day symposium celebrating the life and poetry of [...]

‘writings writers write about writing have been curiously misread’

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If you’re ever wondering what the difference might be between a manifesto and poetics, look no further than “Poetics and the manifesto: On Pierre Joris and Adrian Clarke” at Jacket2. Robert Sheppard investigates the matter for us and finds this distinction: Battling the impossibility of being their own readers, writers are drawn to fuzzy logic [...]

‘The voice of someone who was almost crushed by oppression and decided she would fight:’ Minnie Bruce Pratt at <em>Los Angeles Review of Books</em>

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On the occasion of the reissue of Crime Against Nature, her seminal collection of lesbian-feminist poetry, Minnie Bruce Pratt speaks to Los Angeles Review of Books’s Lisa L. Moore about the books’s creation and about lesbian motherhood today. LISA MOORE: What has it been like to see your first book, Crime Against Nature, receive new [...]

Beauty Has Won: Leigh Stein on Ana Božičević in New <em>NOÖ Journal</em>

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“I’d rather be endeared than alienated,” writes Leigh Stein in the new issue of NOÖ Journal! While we would rather be alienated than endeared, we’d argue Ana Božičević can manage both responses all-apace: Her Lambda Literary Award–winning book Rise in the Fall (Birds LLC) seduces Stein from the beginning. She focuses on the poem “About [...]

Robert Hass Awarded the Wallace Stevens Award from the Academy of American Poets

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Today, the Academy of American Poets awarded Robert Hass the Wallace Stevens Award for lifetime achievement. The award was among a suite of prizes awarded by the Academy, totaling over $200,000, and given to poets at various stages in their careers. From Poets.org: Robert Hass has received the WALLACE STEVENS AWARD, which is given annually [...]

Safia Jama Unpacks the Shadowy Figures in Brett Fletcher Lauer’s Newest Collection of Poems, <em>A Hotel in Belgium</em>

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Safia Jama uncovers the strangers and shadowy traumas in Brett Fletcher Lauer’s latest collection out now from Four Way Books, called A Hotel in Belgium. The title of Brett Fletcher Lauer’s debut collection—A Hotel in Belgium—embodies the aesthetics of the poems, a shimmering alloy of detail and abstraction. The book opens with a frontispiece titled [...]

‘A Real Wide-Open-Type Palette of Dreams’: Paul Ebenkamp Readies Readers for Brandon Downing’s <em>Mellow Actions</em>

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You may be ready for Brandon Downing’s Mellow Actions but are you ready for Paul Ebenkamp’s review of Brandon Downing’s Mellow Actions? At Jacket 2, Ebenkamp takes on the task of psychically-prepping readers for Downing’s opus. Brandon Downing’s Mellow Actions is the latest installment in a body of work notable for its batsoid consistency across [...]