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Pompeii and Circumstance September 20, 2008: OK, who saw the letter to the editor in the October issue of Harper’s about Charles Bernstein’s poem, “Pompeii?” And who gets to put the iron in irony?
What Are Years. September 5, 2008: Marianne Moore once explained that she did not put a question mark after the title of her poem “What Are Years?” – though it kept being printed with one. It’s not a question [...]
The Name Game September 2, 2008: As an adjunct to my Kneejerk Poetry list (and just in time for back to school shopping) I’m now assembling a list of names and phrases that are sure to generate controversy instantly. This list [...]
Kneejerk poetics August 25, 2008: There are certain notions about poetry that must apparently always automatically spring to mind. I’ve decided to start a list of them here.
Top ten things you may not have known about G.M. Hopkins August 21, 2008: 1.) His nickname as a teenager at school was “Skin.” 1.a.) He was home schooled until he was about ten, and then almost got expelled from the school he eventually attended. 2.) The Hopkins family [...]
What do you mean teaching poetry writing and wasting your time painting sober little organic, meaningful pictures? August 15, 2008: I was released from forms, from the perpendiculars, straight lines, blocks, boxes, binds of thought into the hues, shadings, rises, flowing bends and blends [...]
Meditations in an Emergency August 12, 2008: I know it’s been blogged all over the place, but meditate on this, all who debate about expanding the audience for poetry: year-to-date sales of Frank O’Hara’s Meditations in an [...]
Mahmoud Darwish has died August 9, 2008: According to a great many media reports, there is news that Mahmoud Darwish has died. His work graced the pages of Poetry back in December 2005; Harriet readers may recall Daisy Fried’s recent [...]
Either/Or(r) July 31, 2008: I’m a little surprised that the exhumation in the New York Times back in May of a pair of poems written by Barack Obama hasn’t excited more twittering in the blog-po-sphere. Here they [...]
The Aspern Papers… Spicer’s, Schwartz’s, Kafka’s – and yours? July 14, 2008: “After Jack Spicer’s untimely death at the age of forty in 1965, the contents of his apartment were packed into boxes…” Dunno about you, but I know what would happen to the [...]