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Impossible Music /5/ Making Music May 2, 2013: When I ran Monday hoot nights at The Coffee Gallery I remember several vivid sessions and appearances. • Young beardless Jerry Garcia up from Palo Alto. He brought his banjo and sat in with other bluegrass string players. I remember telling him not to sing. But who listens to me? • It was during the ‘60s folk revival and singers and [...] by

Notes on Conceptualism May 2, 2013: What does conceptual poetry have to do with conceptual poetry? Is conceptual poetry conceptual poetry? Is conceptual poetry poetry? Conceptual poetry is mainly about unearthing neuroses in the minds of the people who make it. By far and away / the most common of these is obsessive-compulsive disorder. * Hunting and gathering is its [...] by

Our Slaves: Caring for Masters, Deforming Mastery (Part 1 of 2) May 1, 2013: This post is a continuation of the conversation I started last week with the same title. There’s so much that can be written on both Natasha Trethewey’s “Native Guard” and Yusef Komunyakaa’s “Cape Coast Castle.” I am just venturing in a toe in a mighty deep pool. Please, after reading this blog, won’t you come wade with [...] by

Mark Rutkoski, Words of Love May 1, 2013: There is a sense in which every “pure” conceptual writing project feels like it has already been done before: the production of the text depends upon the prior existence of the text. This is necessary to the signature aura of travesty that fuels conceptualism. The reader must begin from an awareness of having been ripped off, or at least [...] by

Deterritorializations: Repetition, Stutter, Report (the first of two brief forays) May 1, 2013: [caption id="attachment_66003" align="aligncenter" width="500"] The Errorist International[/caption] The book is liquid dreams. Writing is stone. Writing is breath unheld. The book is air and underground passages. Where there is no water, but light is liquid. Where warm bodies gather. In translation what there is to say vibrates (vacillates? [...] by

Some Final Thoughts, With Gratitude May 1, 2013: I haven’t been the most prolific blogger this month, but I have been eagerly reading my fellow bloggers’ posts, as well as some of the responses that have come through the transom. One thing I’d love to direct readers’ attention to is this response to my last post on defending the workshop by the writer Luisa A. Igloria.  This is just [...] by

Notes while reading – Guy Debord and Gianfranco Sanguinetti / The Veritable Split In the International / Chronos Publications 1990 / (1972 in French) May 1, 2013: [caption id="attachment_66304" align="alignright" width="500"] Guy Debord[/caption] Submissive intellectuals who are presently at the beginning of their career see themselves obliged for their part to disguise themselves as moderate situationists or semi-situationists, only to show that they are able to understand the last moment of the system [...] by

I is not a subject: Part 5 of 5 May 1, 2013: This is the fifth part of a five-part paper, a version of which was given April 26, 2013 as the keynote address at the symposium, "Lament of the Makers: Conceptualism and Poetic Freedom," hosted by the Princeton Graduate Colloquium on Contemporary Poetry. Other symposium participants were Timothy Donnelly, Jena Osman, and Kent Johnson. Monica de [...] by

National Poetry Month Extended Hours April 30, 2013: Around this time every year, we wrapped up National Poetry Month, say thank you to our bloggers for all the great work they've done, then get back to the news. Well, we've had such a remarkable late-month push by our dutiful bloggers that there was no way to contain all their writing in April. So Harriet will continue to post the remaining [...] by

Quasi-unintelligibility (Part 5) April 30, 2013: To repeat: Stevens’s “Man Carrying Thing” kicks off with a clear-cut statement about what a poem “must” do, i.e., “resist the intelligence / Almost successfully.” But the statement itself, which is part of a poem, presents no resistance to the intelligence at all—its meaning is “obvious,” to recycle a word from the poem’s [...] by