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Harriet the Spy, Or How I Put My Yenta-Self to Good Use May 8, 2017: —for Mo Research is a mysterious thing. When it is working, the research finds the researcher. This does not mean being passive; but it can contain an element of passivity, letting things arrive. A [...] by

On [non] Identity Poetics May 2, 2017: In the film Basquiat, Christopher Walken asks Jeffrey Wright, who plays the title character Jean-Michel Basquiat, “Do you consider yourself a painter or a black painter?” Wright replies, [...] by

Premonitions of Fred Wah: An Interview April 29, 2017: PAOLO: If I may, I’d like begin with the last part of the second poem in Tree (1972): dear birch across from me we face [...] by

ISOLATION PIECE April 28, 2017: —for Joan Retallack, a draft that never ends Nothing I say will be untouched, original, pristine, new, transcendent. Everything I do is stolen, corrupt, distorted, contaminated, perverse, reified. [...] by

Five Radicals April 27, 2017: 1. I recently realized that, in Spanish, experimentar means both “to experiment” and “to experience.” This is so obvious that I wonder if I’ve known it subconsciously, without ever having [...] by

MaximusRocknRoll: Willie ‘Loco’ Alexander April 26, 2017: Micah Ballard had just returned from the Gloucester Writers Center, reading for his book Afterlives (Bootstrap, 2016), when I spotted it on his table: I’ll Be Goode (Fisheye Records, 2016), a CD by [...] by

Arc & Handle April 25, 2017: The poem is not the route to anything. It is the route. Endless. So a poem has to be written whether by word or by silence. And I want to be released from the obligations of definition. Somehow a [...] by

The Collective April 24, 2017: A resurgent energy pulses into shimmering expression in a city, a room, a street, beneath certain trees, when necessity sends acute though necessarily covert signals. Clearly there must be more than [...] by

Poetry in Principle April 20, 2017: Mind-degradable Manifesto I’ve always wondered what it would feel like to issue a manifesto like in the good old days, but any such assertion nowadays always seems to splinter into its ambiguities, [...] by

‘To find kisses pressed in books’: One Hundred Years of Gwendolyn Brooks April 19, 2017: In this year, the centennial celebration of the writer Gwendolyn Brooks, I attended the National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium aptly titled “Our Miss Brooks.” One of the conference [...] by