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POEM March 4, 2011: 210. I am in the habit of saying: “Every poem is an opportunity to destroy my career.” 211. When I say it, I imagine completely new work. Maybe I abandon the typographic experiments of The Black [...] by

POET February 23, 2011: 

169. Ars poetica or arsehole poetica? Subtitle: Why and how I wrote the long, obnoxious poem: “The Poet Writes the Poem That Will Certainly Make Him Famous.” But first… 170. 171. That’s [...] by

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COST February 10, 2011: 106. Water. 107. Of heroes and their monsters: A more horrible monster requires a stronger hero. As such, their conflict provides a way of knowing. A reckoning reckoning. 108. I heard this in a [...] by

CAST February 1, 2011: 75. Clearly, if you can make yourself intangible or, contrariwise, turn your skin to metal, advancing your skill demands resources beyond what underfunded public schools can provide. Thank goodness [...] by

MAST January 24, 2011: 46. Back when considering mess, I suggested an approach akin to ekphrasis. Where the response to non-literary art is neither an ode nor elaborate caption, perhaps barely even a dialogue between the [...] by

MASS January 17, 2011: 17. I’ve written of failure in a poem as rubble, mess I could mess with. Of how I thought that syntactic ruin was a byproduct of revision—mistakes and accidents to delete. And of how I came to [...] by

MESS January 10, 2011: 1. My poetry is often guided by an impulse to fail. When this is the case, writing is an attempt to salvage something from the mess. 2. The bluesman makes an assertion, then revises it, restating it. [...] by