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Recombinatory Enumerations April 2, 2014: 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 editor, publisher, amateur archivist, and [...] by

The Editors of Commune Editions at Jacket2: What Poetry is and Can Be January 7, 2014: The editors of Commune Editions (Joshua Clover, Jasper Bernes, and Juliana Spahr) contribute to Jacket2 in a new regular feature about poets and poetry in an age of revolutions. [...] What is poetry, then? One definition might be: a literate dissatisfaction with poems and poets. The dissatisfaction is often some variant (or deformation) of [...] by

On the Amazon, Renegade Activity, and the Futile April 5, 2013: I recently saw an Al Jazeera documentary about Ana Rafaela D’Amico, a 27-year-old Brazilian woman who directs an NGO trying to save one of the smallest but most threatened national parks in the Amazon. In the documentary, D’Amico trudges deep into the rainforest to hammer in signs and hand out letters stating the fines for illegal [...] by

Why I Am Not a Nature Poet April 4, 2013: [caption id="attachment_64133" align="alignright" width="500"] Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet.[/caption] A few years ago I left Brooklyn, my home for almost fifteen years, and moved to the country in upstate New York. Accustomed to a small apartment and to being pressed up against by people and buildings, I was astonished to be the sudden [...] by

Close-Reading Denise Levertov Through George Oppen (or Vice-Versa) October 25, 2012: Over at Jacket2: Why George Oppen quarreled with Denise Levertov, by Richard Swigg. Swigg notes that while Robert Duncan's issue with Levertov was on the less fruitful side—"he complained that the subjugation of her poetry to the cause of political activism was creatively damaging," Oppen's was the opposite: The preference [to not [...] by

Shadow Boxers April 12, 2010: When I read Daisy Fried’s nerdy poet category, I thought of poets who are garrulous, who write conversational poems that careen off in one direction, then veer to investigate a side conversation, which leads to other conversations, and so on. This tendency to digress might not hold a reader’s attention if something doesn’t stay constant. [...] by

Beyond Careerism? (Redistributing Poetic Effort) March 12, 2010: This past week at Poetry Foundation Jim Behrle published a talk he'd given at St. Mark's Poetry Project last month (and which apparently first appeared at one of his blogs some time back) called "24/7 Relentless Careerism." Behrle's talk is a hilarious rant against the career motives and moves of contemporary poets. One would have to have a heart [...] by

Neighbo(u)r Addendum March 2, 2010: “The emotions are engaged Entering the city As entering any city. We are not coeval With a locality But we imagine others are, We encounter them.” --from George Oppen’s “Of Being Numerous” For the current February/March issue of the St. Mark's Poetry Project Newsletter, I wrote a review of Canadian poet Rachel Zolf’s [...] by