The Week We Thought Collaboratively

By Harriet Staff

We pride ourselves on publishing all the poetry news, views, and refuse you can use. But we could hardly do it all by ourselves. Summer is (sort of) in the air here in Chicago, and aside from whetting our poetry-on-a-stick craving, the season always turns our thoughts to teamwork.

Twilight starlet Kristen Stewart drew inspiration from sincere Portland surrealist Zach Schomburg.

An anonymous artist brought together poet Brenda Iijima and Scandinavian dance-music cult heroine Robyn.

The recent rash of Creeleymania unearthed a Ted Berrigan and Anne Waldman team-up, inspiring teary eyes and jittery adrenalin-bursts.

In fact, there’s a bit of a Berrigan collaboration renaissance afoot.

Anne Carson reached out to Sophocles.

Meg McLain urged poets to collaborate with terrorists.

Carol Ann Duffy is down with the Crown.

Salon dredged up some recurring gossip about Team Plimpton getting buddy-buddy with the C.I.A.

Slate’s Ben Rosenbaum challenged Larkin and Auden to a cheese-off. indulged in some crowdsourcing.

Some key Beat figures held a rap session with conservative icon William F. Buckley.

Mathematics and literature joined forces to put the classics to bed.

Rae Armantrout gave it up for the Glimmer Twins.

All-around class act Vincent Gallo spent some time with his favorite person.

Did we mention that we all got another good goosing from The Onion?

Truly, we are in this together.

Originally Published: June 1st, 2012