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Baroqueness: Gertrude Stein, C.K. Williams, John Donne, Peter Paul Rubens, John Milton, Frank O’Hara April 20, 2012: “Where’s SARDINES?” All that’s left is just letters, “It was too much,” Mike says. –Frank O’Hara, from “Why I am Not a Painter.” O’Hara and Goldberg [...] by

Collaboration April 9, 2012: Jim’s been sick and the weather’s been lovely, which brings all sorts of bugs to South Philadelphia, and so I posted this at Facebook: One-line poem, called “Seasonal”:      Husband with [...] by

The Poetess Returns April 4, 2012: Back in the day, the Poetess took questions and dispensed advice on poetry-related troubles for the magazine Peotry, also known as “The Humor Issue”*. Unfortunately (the Poetess sniffs), [...] by

So Why Am I Blogging? In which I don’t answer that question. April 2, 2012: “Minds like beds all made up,” writes William Carlos Williams in the beginning of Paterson. The made-up mind is important for (midcareer? really? already?) poets like me to resist. We need to [...] by

Tony Hoagland’s “The Change” April 28, 2011: Since Tony Hoagland wrote “The Change” about a decade ago, the poem (from What Narcissism Means to Me, Graywolf 2003) has been praised by African-Americans and whites, and attacked as racist by [...] by

Code Coda April 25, 2011: The letter to the New York Times Book Review that Ange Mlinko mentions in her post caught my eye too, but for different reasons. “Give me code cracking any day” wrote the letter writer, Allen [...] by

Adventures in Parenting: Metaphor, Painting and Narrative for Pre-Schoolers April 19, 2011: (Separated at birth?) My four-year old loves metaphor, although she says she loves simile better than “plain metaphor” because she likes the “like” in a simile. She first became aware of [...] by

Questions I Don’t Understand #2 April 5, 2011: Rachel Zucker: “Is it more important to you that your poems be timeless or timely?” I want my poems to be as good as I can make them. Timely or timeless doesn’t address that. I understand this [...] by

Questions I Don’t Understand #1 April 4, 2011: The Future of the Line. Gillian Connolly: “In the 22nd century, what will the line look like and do?” I find myself incapable of thinking theoretically about poems. I’m not saying this question [...] by

“…like a bird of prey, the profile of night…” April 30, 2010:            –from “Facing It,” Yusef Komunyakaa’s great poem            about war and race and America and the Vietnam Memorial. The university where I currently teach [...] by