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A Polyphony of Perspectives: Reviewing <em>The Force of What’s Possible</em>

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At Full Stop, Nathan Goldman reviews The Force of What’s Possible: Writers on Accessibility & the Avant-Garde, edited by Lily Hoang and Joshua Marie Wilkinson, a book that “collects more than 90 short pieces from living experimental writers.” This anthology is oriented by questions; the method of inquiry that stands behind it makes this fact […]

Claudia Rankine’s <em>Citizen</em> is a Finalist for the U.K.’s Forward Prize

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Claudia Rankine’s much-lauded Citizen is now earning accolades overseas! As Forward Prize judge, Carrie Etter writes: “As with prose poetry, the lyric essay expands our awareness of what poetry can be and do, further nuancing our capacities for expression and understanding.” More via The Guardian: Claudia Rankine’s Citizen, an exploration of everyday racism through lyric […]

Cathy Wagner’s ‘The Moon Has a Head But No Body’ on <em>PoetryNow</em>

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Get your day started off right with Cathy Wagner’s new poem “The Moon Has a Head But No Body” on PoetryNow. The poem begins: So why assume [she] Is cold why not Assume drunk “Legless” Can keep up pretty good though With your car in the rural night You are a passenger Your left leg […]

Maggie Nelson Addresses Beatriz Preciado, Yvonne Rainer, Memoir and more at <em>Bookforum</em>

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The brilliant poet and prose writer, Maggie Nelson, joins conversation with Bookforum to discuss her latest work: The Argonauts. This new work, which follows Nelson’s previous literary accomplishments including Bluets and The Art of Cruelty, is an autobiographical meditation on marriage, queerness, and radicality. A great conversation! (We can’t wait to buy this book.) More […]

Gideon Lewis-Kraus on Machine Translation: ‘<em>All</em> texts have some purpose in mind’

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At the New York Times Magazine, writer Gideon Lewis-Kraus raises some interesting questions around machine translation–from WWII crytopgraphy to algorithms used by Google and Skype Translator to ideas of infidelity. “Translation promises unity but entails betrayal,” he writes. And is it an art or a math problem? More: Though some researchers still endeavor to train […]

From Whitman To Walmart

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for Timothy McNair and for The Mongrel Coalition Against Gringpo “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” –Audre Lorde The first time I heard a white gay man say Nigger I never felt safe again. I was naïve believing that white gay men were uniformly […]

Small Press Traffic Hosts ENDLESS SUMMER!!

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Are you ready? It’s time for Small Press Traffic’s annual barbecue-marathon-reading- fundraiser: Endless Summer! This year it takes place on June 27th. Out of towners can virtually participate by purchasing a raffle ticket and sending a video of themselves reading, which SPT will show at the festivities on the 27th. Already know that you want […]

<em>Made in Detroit</em>: Marge Piercy

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The Rumpus interviewed Marge Piercy about her most recent collection, Made in Detroit! Dara Barnat had many queries around the reoccurring themes in the book, including family, intimacy, Judaism, and activism. Here, the political moves to the natural: Rumpus: Would you say that the link between poetry and politics in your work was established in […]

Rereading Sandra Cisneros’s <em>My Wicked Wicked Ways</em>

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At Pop Matters, Diane Leach looks at the new edition of Sandra Cisneros’s My Wicked Wicked Ways, originally published in 1987 and “a poetic dispatch from the trenches of the lone woman writer.” More: My Wicked Wicked Ways divides into four sections: South/2100 West; My Wicked Wicked Ways; Other Countries and; The Rodrigo Poems. South/2100 […]

Barney Rosset’s Last Grand Gesture Still Brings Controversy

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On the fourth floor of Barney Rosset’s 4th Avenue apartment, a mural, 12 feet high and 22 feet long, stands as the Everygreen Review and Grove Press publisher’s final pièce de résistance. In an conversation with The New Republic’s Alyssa Reeder, Astrid Meyers Rosset (Barney Rosset’s fifth and final wife) opens the Lower East Side […]

And the 2015 Griffin Poetry Prize Goes to: Jane Munro!

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Congratulations to Jane Munro who is the winner of the prestigious, Canadian literary award this year. Her most recent, and sixth collection of poetry, is Blue Sonoma. In the collection’s frank and emotive, lyric voice, Munro ruminates on her husband’s death from Alzheimer’s disease. More: Jane Munro, whose latest book was born out of her […]

The Beautiful Reading/Writing Machine That Is the New Issue of <em>The White Review</em>

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The new issue of The White Review is out, aglow with writing to not forget, particularly in this interview with Canadian artist and writer Moyra Davey, and new poems from Mónica de la Torre, among much else. In the Davey interview, conducted with Hannah Gregory, “the artist herself sees photography as ‘a type of reading […]

Poetry for Robots Puts a Borges Theory to the Test

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Open Culture points us toward a site called Poetry for Robots, “a joint effort between Neologic, Webvisions, and The Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University,” that seeks to put theory from Jorge Luis Borges to the test, “asking on their website whether it is possible to teach machines the poetic quality […]

Austin, We Are Coming Over to Watch Theresa Cha Vids! See You There

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Well, we wish (!!!) because Experimental Response Cinema’s film program on June 8th (“Tell Even Us”) features video by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha. That’s at Greyduck Gallery in Austin. If you go, tell us how it is! Not sure? Here’s a little bit of what to expect: “Theresa Cha’s art stands out, even among the […]

<em>The New Yorker</em> Examines Jihadist Poetry

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At The New Yorker, Robyn Creswell and Bernard Haykel write about “jihadi power couple” Ahlam al-Nasr and her husband Abu Usama al-Gharib, “a veteran propagandist, initially for Al Qaeda and now for ISIS.” Al-Nasr is a poet. Her book, The Blaze of Truth, published online last summer, “consists of a hundred and seven poems in […]

(Soma)tic Reading Enhancements INSTALLMENT #1

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A thousand different readers of a poem make a thousand different poems. The creativity in the reading percolates through the same membrane as the writing. (Soma)tic reading enhancements like (Soma)tic poetry rituals create an extreme present, a unique space to force time to come home to the body for the pleasures of the poems. Here, […]

Mary Jo Bang’s ‘Two Nudes’ on <em>PoetryNow</em>

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Mary Jo Bang navigates the Bauhaus’s photo archives to bring us this stunning new poem, “Two Nudes,” for PoetryNow. The poem begins: I was working in a bookstore and as an antidote to the twin torment of exhaustion and boredom, one day I went with friend on a walking tour. We made it as far […]

VONA/Voices to Relocate from Berkeley to Miami

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A spokesperson for VONA/Voices reports that the organization, which is the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation, is moving from the San Francisco-Bay Area to Miami. It will take up residence at the University of Miami. Via VONA/Voices: VONA/Voices, the only multi-genre workshop for writers of color in the nation founded […]

Ursula K. Le Guin Says: ‘I Keep Asking You Not to Buy Books on Amazon’

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In a new post entitled “Up the Amazon with the BS Machine, or Why I keep Asking You Not to Buy Books from Amazon,” Ursula K. Le Guin revisits her amazing National Book Award acceptance speech last year and reminds us not to buy books on Amazon. She writes: Amazon and I are not at […]

And Then There Are His Papers: Robert Rauschenberg’s Finally Moved to Westchester

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The New York Times T Magazine mines impossible combinations in this swell feature on Robert Rauschenberg. “[E]verything starts to resemble a Rauschenberg,” writes Dan Chiasson, once you’re looking closely (we have this feeling a lot anyhow). He focuses on the “sublime piles” in the 400+ boxes of the Rauschenberg archive now located in Westchester: Behind […]