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Twists and Turns in the Bowels of the Neon Dragon: A Dream Maze April 29, 2016: Notes for national corpse month, continued: Do dreams require belief? A system, like a machine with a dream at one end and belief at the other, each produced by the marvelous play of presences [...] by

Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness April 28, 2016: In “Translating Poetry, Translating Blackness,” John Keene argues that “we need more translation of literary works by non-Anglophone black diasporic authors into English, particularly by [...] by

The Quality of Light April 27, 2016: As it turns out, there’s no way to discuss poetry and money without also talking about work, institutions educational and otherwise, hierarchies of value, the reproduction of various normals—or, [...] by

Torching Authenticities April 26, 2016: Tonya Foster takes on the question of form itself in “Touching Authenticities” by deconstructing the essay, which strikes me as a necessary gesture given that she is tending to the question of [...] by

Race Riot at East St. Louis July 2, 1917 April 25, 2016: Notes for national corpse month, continued: I keep returning to this moment during the one-year memorial of Michael Brown’s death, August 9, 2015, in Ferguson, Missouri, when Marcellus Buckley was [...] by

Times I’ve Got Paid April 21, 2016: It strikes me that Eileen Myles is the first person in this series of pieces about money and poetry to name dollar amounts. I think this is a working class origins thing. I don’t think I can claim [...] by

Dear Gone April 20, 2016: One of my life-long preoccupations continues to be how to write about loss, how to attend to the thing that is beyond one’s grasp. In “Dear Gone” Grey Vild stumbles around in the desert of [...] by

This Having Been Earthly Seems Lasting April 19, 2016: Notes for national corpse month, continued: I am thinking about the garden. Youna Kwak imagines it (first). Then she remembers it. Then she is in it, walking alone. Before I fail to join her, my mind [...] by

Language Is Migrant April 18, 2016: It’s not an exaggeration to say that Cecilia Vicuña, at the age of 24, and without even meaning to be, was way ahead of her time as a maker of conceptual art in Chile. It is also not an [...] by

Unfree Verse April 15, 2016: I first read this essay when Joshua Clover sent it over spring break. The cold that comes on crying and lingers for a month had just begun but I kept preparing for next week’s classes anyway, [...] by