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A Well-Lit Reading of Poetry Under Late Capitalism: Cathy Wagner’s Nervous Device October 17, 2013: Cathy Wagner's new book, Nervous Device (City Lights Spotlight 2012), is given its due at Jacket2 by Virginia Konchan. The book has a polyvocal narrator, as Konchan notes, but it's also an internally divided "I": ...“I built this tone / ironically; that is, / it goes against itself.” This alienation of any “natural” unities [...] by

The Audience is Present (Part II) April 9, 2013: In the last week of March, Nikky Finney and Lizz Wright performed together for a packed auditorium at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  Nikky opened the evening with a handful of poems drawn from all three of her collections: Rice, The World is Round, and Head Off & Split.  Her poems are long—not in the “long poem” [...] by

Yeats On YouTube April 3, 2013: I was memorizing Yeats’s “Easter 1916,” a poem that has a powerful spell on me, despite my not giving a fook about Yeats or Ireland. There is a part in the beginning of the piece that was giving me some trouble. Here’s how the poem starts (I transcribe from memory): I have met them at close of day Coming with vivid faces From [...] by