Monday, August 31, 2009



Ergon / Logos:

when is a game a poem?



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Ursula K. Le Guin on Margaret Atwood



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Louise Glück,

“stand-up vampire”



“keep the stakes …

hypothermically low



The private poetry of Louise Glück



Glück on danger & difficulty



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David Amrad & Ted Joans



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Bezoar,

a fine literary mag

that ran from 1975 thru 1981

is now online



My four appearances therein



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Reading in public



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Jonathan Lethem on Lorrie Moore



Chapter 1 of A Gate at the Stairs



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Has British poetry had any significance

since William Wordsworth?



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William Bronk & Wallace Stevens



James Longenbach on Wallace Stevens



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John Olson on

Norma Cole, Joe Ceravolo & Clark Coolidge



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Digging up Garcia Lorca



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Roberto Bolaño’s Skating Rink



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Lyn Hejinian

on poetry & place



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Jackson Mac Low in San Diego



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J.M.G. Le Clézio’s Desert



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The latest in Walt Whitman marketing



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Juliana Spahr

has won the Hardison Prize



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Franz Wright, reading



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Identity is partisanship



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Barbara E. Johnson has died



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Edward Ronthaler has died



Mi hart aeks…”



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The historic role of

gender in language



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Where Hamlet scores lower

than the Gossip Girls



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A really strange idea:

read the books you like



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Catullus & Quixote

as processed through Acker



Language & breath

in Acker, Kerouac,

Zukofsky & Catullus



rhetorical breathing



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The Lower Half



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Warrior writers



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In defense of primate poetics



Primate Poetics: the curriculum



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The lord of The Lord of the Flies



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Some poems by Juan Gelman

from Café Review’s

issue devoted to his work



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A reading by John Twelve Hawkes not



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Envisioning a scaled-down

publishing industry



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The Rapids of a Great River:

2 millennia of Tamil poetry



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Ronald Baatz’ Bird Effort



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The autograph tree



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Thom Gunn & the tyranny of mass taste



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Become a fan of Richard Caddell on Facebook



Listen to his poetry on MySpace



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Doctorow’s Homer



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Who gets hurt

in the Readers Digest bankruptcy



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Mathias Énard’s “Migration”



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Semicolons & class struggle



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Rebecca Wolff on the

“crypto-title poem” of The King



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Pynchon & the comics



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Remembering Richard Poirier



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Howl Festival 2009



Allen Ginsberg, 1964:

time to legalize pot



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A Room with a View

in 3 panels



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Sherman Alexie discovers Fibonacci



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Talking with Tess Gallagher

& the editors of

Raymond Carver: Collected Stories



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Namdeo Desal:

Poet of the Underworld



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Just one volume of poetry

in the Guardian’s First Book “long” list



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A California literary roadtrip

for the obvious



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Wikipedia adds editorial review

on the living



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The Grammar Vandal



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Amazon WTF



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C.P. Surendran’s

Portraits of the Space We Occupy



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“the natural utterance of living language



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Hirsch & Boland’s

The Making of a Sonnet



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Talking with Sylvère Lotringer



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Paul Ricoeur’s Living Up to Death



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Jim Sanborn’s Terrestrial Physics



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Roger Ebert:

30 years sober



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Language & painting

in the work of

Bruce Pearson



Pearson’s studio online



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Biennial or not biennial?



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Duchamp’s door



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Artistic sovereignty

in the shadow of post-socialism:

Egypt’s 20th annual youth salon



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How many “classic” photos

are fakes?



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Robert Frank’s sweet sadness



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Nam June Paik Art Center



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The conspicuous absence of

Maqbool Fida Husain



Husain’s website



An anti-Husain website



The Picasso of India



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Ed Piskor’s Wizzywig



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Free Tin Tin



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Lester Young at 100



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Prehistory of the blues



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Typographic music video



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“How many roads?”

Dylan to voice GPS systems



And a Christmas album!?!



More on the album



Twas the Night Before Christmas



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A social history of the MP3



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Agnes Heller’s “Three Logics of Modernity”



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The polymath of the Palace

of Fine Arts



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Life by the numbers



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How much of your memory is true?



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7 points about the CIA Report



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Bird, bird, bird is the word

Tuesday, August 25, 2009



Language for a New Century:

Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia & Beyond



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Talking with Victoria Chang



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A vast garland for George Oppen



A great portrait

of George & Mary



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Juliana Spahr:

“Influence & Originality”



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Talking with Jerry Rothenberg



Harry Polkinhorn on 2 major Rothenberg projects



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This year’s Literature Fellowships for Translation

from the National Endowment of the Arts

include Charlotte Mandell’s

translation of a 500-page sentence



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Bernadette Mayer’s Poetry State Forest



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A note on Charles Olson’s

“The Kingfishers



Olson reading the poem



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Remembering Enid Dame



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Ashbery’s bridge



A link to Ashbery reading the poem



Ashbery’s spaces



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Sept. 8 at the Hammer

in Los Angeles:

Rae Armantrout & Rachel Loden



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A terrific bargain

on a great book

by Mark Scroggins on Louis Zukofsky



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On the Road again



Kerouac’s daughter



More on Jan Kerouac



Kerouac’s Book of Dreams



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Adeena Karasick’s Amuse Bouche



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Close reading aloud:

Charles Bernstein’s

“In a Restless World Like This Is”



September 10

in Montclair, NJ,

Café Buffé



Libretto



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Clive Matson’s Mainline to the Heart



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Ravi Shankar’s life of rime



Driving while brown



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Nathaniel Tarn’s

Ins and Outs of the Forest Rivers



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Talking with Rachel Zucker



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Dayton to honor

Natalie Barney



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August 29, Pacifica, CA:

First Annual

Shelldance Poetry, Music & Art Festival



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Turning on Shakespeare



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Breathing life into dead poems



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Whitman’s war

visible in Memphis



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The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox

poetry in ASL



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For Carol Ann Duffy,

it’s business as usual



The impact of her mother’s death



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Michael Snediker on Ann Lauterbach



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Fernanda Pivano has died



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Modernists at the CIA



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The Latchkey

focusing on Victorian feminists



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Zora Neale Hurston’s

challenges to the black community



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Literature is good for you



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A contest that cites

Whitman, Williams & Ginsberg



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Prose poets from Romania



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What becomes of your online data

when you die?



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The city of books



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Buying books in LA



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Helen Vendler

on a selected Stevens



Terrance Hayes vs. Stevens



42 pages of Stevens’ poetry online



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Ariana Reines’ Coeur de Lion



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Heathrow’s writer in residence



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Scene report:

Pegasus Books in Berkeley



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Paul Siegell’s Jambandbootleg



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Considering Philip Larkin



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Auggie Kleinzahler’s

essays on music

are much like his poetry



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George Evans

on Woodstock Vietnam



& on Obama in Afghanistan



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Atwood uses theater

to promote books



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How to knit a poem



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René Daumal’s Memorables



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Alison Stine’s Ohio Violence



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Instant dada?



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The Verse Revolutionaries



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Surreal haiku?



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Nicholson Baker on Defoe



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Poets as crime novelists



Drugs to do, cases to solve



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A new genre in Chinese fiction



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A third anthology of

Millions Poets

contestants



Plus a magazine



The meaning of

The Prince of Poets



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On a haiku by

Corazon Aquino



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Anselm Berrigan

on the cover of

Poets & Writers

tho not online



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Robert Creeley’s collaboration

with Francesco Clemente



And more



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Jane Campion’s portrait of Keats



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Beatrix Potter: mass murderer



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Buying & selling French books



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Richard Poirier:

in praise of the vague



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Anne Carson’s An Oresteia



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Just one novel

to introduce the form



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A new Koren Siddur



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Haiku & Milosz

with Robert Hass



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Aubade



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Santa Cruz County is seeking

applications for laureate

(deadline: September 1)



Bucks County, PA,

is likewise searching



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Poetry & the economic stimulus



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CA Conrad on MACRO (Soma)tics



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Jack Ridl, sports poet



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Emergency poetry relief



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Melissa Kwasny on

“Reading Novalis in Montana”



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Hugo Williams’ West End Final



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How the Brooklyn Public Library

deals with

books that offend



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Reading Darwish in Ramallah



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Guess whose books

are donated most often

to Oxfam charity shops?



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Mishima & haiku



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The poems of Shimon Peres

set to music



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A profile of Tom Goff



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Norman Finkelstein’s Scribe



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Persepolis 2.0 –

the Iranian election

& its aftermath



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Talking with Georges Borchardt



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Bengali book launch



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Brad Leithauser on

Campbell McGrath



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Katha Pollitt:

perils of the poetry reading



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Roddy Doyle & James Joyce



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Enzenberger in Bali



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A profile of

Roger Bonair-Agard



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The Penguin Book of Tamil Poetry



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A poetry festival in Macedonia



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Life at the poetry bench



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Roger McGough

& the Mersey sound



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A profile of Zvi Sesling



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2 books by

Barbara Louise Ungar



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Is Twilight’s Bella

“Oprah for teens”?



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Michael Donaghy’s Collected Poems



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A great creative writing teacher



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The end of Proust’s belle époque:

Paulette Howard-Johnston has died



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Nicholson Baker’s The Anthologist



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Unauthorized sequels



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Fahrenheit 451: the Comic



A taste thereof



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Geri Chavis & poetry therapy



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Thesaurus Rex



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Google rivals oppose book deal



William Morris Endeavor

advises clients

to opt out of deal



What’s wrong is the process



Europe is divided



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The book as renewable resource



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5 key reasons why

newspapers are dying



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Wordsworth’s paper goes tabloid



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Rupert shuts down

The London Paper



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It’s not just the Anglo papers

that are at risk of failing



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Talking with Dalkey’s Martin Riker



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Writing for Gordon Lish



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Okay – can the poem tweets stop already?



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Tom Sexton’s

For the Sake of Light



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I award the Scorpion Prize



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Dean Armstrong,

a cowboy poet in Southern Ohio



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The masks of Isak Dinesen



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Storytelling at the Moth



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Hungry Young Poets

feed the community



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Talking with Billy Collins



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The MFA glut



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Books & bluegrass



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Rocco Landesman

on the NEA

& “a new conversation

on the arts in America”



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Filming (half of)

The Brothers Karamazov



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Creativity & hypochondria



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Weirdstock



Shepard Fairey interviews Banksy



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The Mission as art



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LA’s museum director

spends 10% of his time in NYC



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The ruin of Annie Leibovitz



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Who owns Adam & Eve?



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X-Men mural is doomed



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Threatening an Indian painter



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Chicago galleries struggle



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Saving Gropius in Chicago



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A Smithsonian Folkways tribute to

Mike Seeger



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The dangers of opera



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Douglas Dunn on Merce Cunningham



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Lunch with Jared Diamond



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Walter Benn Michaels

on race, class & sexual orientation



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Wittgenstein family feud



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Frankfurt on the Hudson



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Cahokia



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My thanks to

Don Wentworth

and Dan Silliman,

who contributed maybe a quarter

of these links

sans