Letter from Poetry Magazine

Letter to the Editor

by Joshua Weiner
Dear Editor,
Re: “Eight Manifestos” [February 2009]. Silly rabbits, Trix are for kids. Who can doubt that if F.T. Marinetti were alive today (whatever that can mean), he’d entirely ignore Poetry for the kinesis of digital “new media.” They’d never let him into MoMA with his Rollerblades on, and he’d only deign to take them off if guaranteed to meet some donors. Only Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr capture some sense of the abject paradox, the necessary mobius twist of the action, the revolutionary in revolt against revolutions. They are, themselves, revolvers. And history is just a spinning door.

Washington, DC

Originally Published: April 1, 2009

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This prose originally appeared in the April 2009 issue of Poetry magazine

April 2009


 Joshua  Weiner


Joshua Weiner was born in Boston and grew up in central New Jersey. He is the author of three books of poems, The World’s Room (2001) and From the Book of Giants (2006), and The Figure of a Man Being Swallowed by a Fish (2013).Weiner earned a BA from Northwestern University and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley. 

He is the poetry editor of Tikkun magazine and is also the editor of At the Barriers: On the Poetry of . . .

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