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Michael Robbins: ‘Criticism is parasitic literature’ January 17, 2014: With all the freshly sewn quires of internet added to the digital codex every nanosecond, we know that art/lit/music/film reviews range from the strikingly awful to the wonderfully insightful (and all territory in between). Today at the Chicago Tribune, Michael Robbins, one of our favorite critics who falls on the WI side of the spectrum, [...] by

Michael Robbins’s Picks for Best Reads of 2013 December 5, 2013: For those yearning to remember the year 2013 in style, Michael Robbins presents a few of his favorite reads from the year of the 13th aught at Chicago Tribune. What are years? They're periods at whose conclusions — someone more adept at research than I should find out when this started — critics compile best-of lists. The one I look [...] by

‘What would a haiku/soap opera be without/an evil head nurse?’: David Trinidad Live-Haikus Peyton Place November 22, 2013: I first watched the movie Peyton Place with my grandmother in the late 70s. She and I watched just about everything on TV: musicals, shows about UFOs, gritty and inappropriate 70s dramas, and cheesy movies from the 60s. She was my pop culture pusher, and the tawdry-lite Peyton Place was right up our alley: Valley of the Dolls set in New [...] by

Michael Robbins on Imagination, Ahoy! September 10, 2013: Michael Robbins considers imagination and contemporary poetry at this week's Chicago Tribune! For evidence of what contemporary poetry can do when it's not content to wallow in competence, I turn to Ange Mlinko's new collection, "Marvelous Things Overheard" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The merely competent should study Mlinko's work with [...] by

Reading List: July/August 2013 (Part II) August 14, 2013: [caption id="attachment_72134" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Installation by Matej Kren[/caption] The Reading List is a new feature of the Editors’ Blog this year. Each month we ask Poetry’s contributors to share a book—or several—that held their interest recently. Our July/August double issue features even more poets and writers [...] by

Flavorwire Gives Us 23 People to Make Us Care About Poetry August 1, 2013: As if, dear Harriet reader, you didn't already, here are 23 (more!) people to make us care about poetry, thanks to our friends at Flavorwire. The people include the likes of Michael Robbins, Leigh Stein, Ariana Reines, Dorothea Lasky, Thomas Sayers Ellis, Eileen Myles, and many many more. From their intro: It isn’t far-fetched to say [...] by

Michael Robbins Reviews Paige Ackerson-Kiely’s My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer June 5, 2013: Michael Robbins wrote about Paige Ackerson-Kiely's new book, My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer (Ahsahta Press 2012), for the Chicago Tribune, beginning with the blanket, "Most poetry published is mediocre at best, and often plain awful" (could be, could be!), but moving to "Ackerson-Kiely is setting the woods on fire." More: Here's the [...] by

Michael Robbins’s Freedom of Speech Smackdown on LARB May 28, 2013: Michael Robbins describes his experience writing an alternative inaugural poem for Yahoo! News on the eve of Barack Obama's second term in this piece published on the Los Angeles Review of Books site. When Robbins sent his inaugural poem to Yahoo! News, editorial's responses said more about the state of politics in the United States than a [...] by

Michael Robbins Reviews Lyn Hejinian for the Chicago Tribune March 25, 2013: Over at the Chicago Tribune, Michael Robbins reviews Lyn Hejinian's My Life and My Life in the Nineties, recently reprinted together by Welseyan University Press, as we mentioned the other day. After "being a bit unfair" to Pete Inman and repeatedly referring to Language Poetry as boring, though producing "some terrific poets—Ted Greenwald, [...] by

Reading List: February 2013 February 27, 2013: [caption id="attachment_62019" align="alignright" width="500"] A young Joan Mitchell reading. Courtesy of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.[/caption] The Reading List is a new feature of the Editors’ Blog this year. Each month we ask Poetry’s recent contributors to share a book—or several—that they’ve been poring over. Here are some [...] by