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The Poems of a (Very) Young David Foster Wallace February 6, 2014: Open Culture has unearthed two poems written by David Foster Wallace when he was in elementary school! ...[T]hough he produced too few of them to appear collected between covers, Wallace once wrote poems as well, though judging by the handwriting of the two shown here, he seems to have both started down and abandoned that particular [...] by

UC Press Delivers E-Books Galore! January 14, 2014: One of our favorite poetry publishers, the University of California Press, is doing us all a solid by making 700 e-books available for FREE! Open Culture reports on this massively nice gesture. The University of California Press e-books collection holds books published by UCP (and a select few printed by other academic presses) between [...] by

Joseph Brodsky’s Reading List November 19, 2013: Would you like to have an intelligent conversation? If your convo is to live up Joseph Brodsky's standards, you better get reading. To get you started, here's Brodsky's list courtesy of Open Culture: Despite spurning his own formal education, Russian poet and Soviet dissident Joseph Brodsky immediately rose to the highest academic echelon [...] by

Allen Ginsberg and Patti Smith, Holy! August 9, 2013: Open Culture just posted two mesmerizing videos of Patti Smith reciting Allen Ginsberg's “Footnote to Howl.” In one rendition, Smith is backed by Philip Glass and Tibetan monks, and in the other, Smith is chanting acappella in Florence, Italy: Today, we bring the two together, in two versions of Smith reading Ginsberg’s [...] by

Allen Ginsberg’s Celestial Homework May 22, 2013: We have our friends at the Paris Review blog to thank for pointing us to Open Culture where they've posted the celestial syllabus to Allen Ginsberg's 1977 course at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics. A bit about the class: “Argh, you’re all amateurs in a professional universe!” roared Allen Ginsberg to a young class [...] by

A Rare Recording of Beckett Reading from Watt March 28, 2013: Thanks to Open Culture, you can enjoy the voice of Samuel Beckett reading two poems from Watt, the last novel he wrote in English. If you can get past the "distracting Dutch subtitles," you'll get to hear the rare sound of Beckett's voice. As noted: Samuel Beckett was notoriously shy around recording devices. He would spend hours in a [...] by