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a cheerful hour, refrains February 13, 2008: Not a true blog entry here so much as an attempt at auxiliary crowdsourcing: other than the ghazal, what poetic forms– oral or written– from non-European languages feature prominent [...] by

te whiori o te kuri: james k. baxter redux February 8, 2008: When you read much of the poetry that comes out now— when you try hard to read as much as you can, to figure out fast what’s going to seem original, what’s going to stick in [...] by

surveying the territory February 6, 2008: Like most of the other folks around here, I’ve just come back from the pneumonia-generating crowds and rainstorms professional event for writers and critics that was the annual conference of [...] by

domestic and foreign January 31, 2008: The classroom next to my office has been booming all morning in Russian, a language I don’t speak at all: I recognize it when the students respond to the teacher, in unison, by shouting [...] by

ode-y & emo January 28, 2008: I’ve been reading part five of The Grand Piano, the serial self-mythologizing nostalgia 1970s scene report “collective autobiography” of ten poets and critics who lived in the Bay [...] by

hallo out there January 27, 2008: I warned you about it last month, and now it’s happened: this week I think I did more writing than reading, and in the rush of finishing up other sorts of prose about poets and poetry, I plumb [...] by

all-name team January 21, 2008: Poetry is a kind of naming– the Rilke of the Duino Elegies certainly thought so, and Wallace Stevens, in the wonderful late poem “Local Objects,” said that he wanted to give the [...] by

more scots, less porn January 18, 2008: We knew that the continuing malaise among independent bookstores (despite success stories in North Carolina, in Minnesota, and elsewhere) has long spelled trouble for literary fiction, which relies [...] by

rounding up and rounding off January 14, 2008: As some of you know, I write– indeed, I promise various editors that I will write– reviews and essays about other people’s poetry with an almost depressing frequency. When I started [...] by

helphenstiniana January 11, 2008: Arts-oriented blogs like this one may resemble collections of essays and reviews– written in haste, perhaps, and repented at leisure– but they can also draw on other sorts of forms far [...] by