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I’m Trying to Wreck Your Mind, That’s All January 16, 2017: A few people have recently suggested that I write about my poetic evolution. In a poetry community it’s funny how a few can feel like a horde, a clamoring.  “A few people read my book and said [...] by

I Will Not Be Able to Write When I Am Dead January 6, 2017: About a year ago I ran into an elder poet of renown while riding the F train. I don’t remember the conversation well enough to know how we started talking about the Guggenheim, but he told me that [...] by

‘The beetle runs into the future’ December 31, 2016: It’s been a terrible year, so I’m going to spend the last day of it by just writing about a few things that brought me joy, and challenged how I think, in the hope that they do the same for [...] by

‘Le cri vain’: On Philip Terry & Enoh Meyomesse December 21, 2016: This morning I came across a passage in an essay (Frederick Ahl’s “Ars Est Cameleer Artem,” in On Puns, edited by Jonathan Culler) which describes a scene in Cicero’s On Divination. A [...] by

By Several Hands: On Currently & Emotion & Nicholas Moore December 12, 2016: At the beginning of November, I read some poems alongside Tara Bergin and (appearing via recorded video) Don Mee Choi and Sawako Nakayasu at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, to celebrate the [...] by

‘a real though pleasant surprise’: On Lee Harwood, John Ashbery, & F.T. Prince December 5, 2016: Over the past few months I’ve been going to the British Library to look at the recently-opened archive of the English poet, Lee Harwood. Harwood, who died last year aged 76, produced one of the [...] by

Cave Canem at Twenty: Reflections From ’96 November 30, 2016: Recently, I called upon the mild mannered, ferociously enthusiastic cofounder of Cave Canem, Cornelius Eady. I was curious about his perspective on the last two decades of CC. He shared stories with [...] by

Breaking Bubbles November 21, 2016: “It is difficult to get the news from poetry, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.” —William Carlos Williams I have that quote from William Carlos Williams [...] by

Cave Canem’s Twentieth Anniversary November 4, 2016: This year marks the twentieth anniversary of Cave Canem, the organization that calls itself “a home for black poetry,” the organization that, I would argue, has changed the face of [...] by

Jimmy: What I Learned From My Father About the Criminalization of Black Griot Culture and the Poetics of Rehabilitation October 31, 2016: We shall be riding dragons in those days, black unicorns challenging the eagle/ we shall shoot words with hooves that kick clouds, fireeaters from the sun, we shall lay the high white dome, to siege, [...] by