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I Was Ostensibly Searching for My Father, But. April 14, 2016: In Ken Chen’s extraordinary essay, to enter the underworld is to enter catastrophe across spatial boundaries and temporal gaps. To enter the underworld, in fact, is to re-inscribe the site of [...] by

Corpse and Slur April 13, 2016: Notes for national corpse month, continued: Each of these texts, each of these interventions—these questions, confessions, recoveries, propositions—are taking place in rooms. At least, that is [...] by

Poetry Betrays Whiteness April 12, 2016: Among the many pointed questions that Lucas de Lima raises in “Poetry Betrays Whiteness” is that of how positions of unitedstatesian privilege can be used “to fight structural inequality and [...] by

Because A Lady Asks Me: On Poetry & Money April 11, 2016: Is there a more vexed subject than the literary prize? Well, yes—but in conversations on poetry and money, maybe not. Many of the major prizes for poetry (those that come with large sums of money) [...] by

Inspiration Presents Itself to Me in the Form of Anxiety April 8, 2016: When I was asked to be a blog curator on Harriet for the month of April, I had been thinking a lot about the relationship between risk, danger, and discomfort and how these sensations or [...] by

Unknown [sound of water against stone] April 7, 2016: Notes for national corpse month, continued: It makes sense to begin on the ceiling. To begin pressed against the limits of the room, whether in solitude, asylum, or restraint, beyond which spread the [...] by

Darkness—Translation—Migration April 6, 2016: Don Mee Choi, Lucas de Lima, Jen Hofer, John Keene and Cecilia Vicuña. These are the writers I invited to participate, to write essays, to write their lives and dreams and ideas and poems and [...] by

What is ‘make a living’? April 5, 2016: “Would you be up for discussing a time you made money from poetry?” Timothy Yu’s answer to my question, the first in a series of complicated and generous responses, troubles both terms. How [...] by

An Unknown Length of Rope: Or, How to Survive in Water if You Are Made of Paint April 4, 2016: In “An Unknown Length of Rope: Or, How to Survive in Water if you are Made of Paint,” Divya Victor unsettles the relationship between black and brown bodies and the historical representations of [...] by

From the Calabash March 29, 2016: The blue teacup does not want to be silent about where it came from. You know how things are. Do not give up on curiosity. Put your hands in for a new fable; for new hair. Musing about the work force [...] by