Friday, May 29, 2009



Photo by Ben Friedlander



Stephen Burt’s “New Thing”



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John Herbert Cunningham on

Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Joanne Kyger & Phil Whalen



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Juan Felipe Herrera is “speechless”



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Talking with Reb Livingston



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Laynie Browne’s “Miniportraits of Poets” (with videos)



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Performance Poetry
@ 100



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Naked Lunch @ 50



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Timothy Yu & the avant-garde



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What Duffy won’t do as laureate



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Thomas Fink on

237 More Reasons to Have Sex

by Denise Duhamel & Sandy McIntosh



Kristin Berkey-Abbott on the same book



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“How does a change in vocabulary save your life?”



On Fanny Howe’sThe Winter Sun



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Roberto Tejada’s Mirrors of Gold



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Remi Raji’s Gather My Blood Rivers of Song



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Steve McCaffery & Christian Bök



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Talking with Helen Losse



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The end of books



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Books I have loved



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Signage for the post-literate

(“My Walk with Bruce”)



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Tom Hibbard on Márton Koppány



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Talking with Pat Mora



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Reader report:

Jack Gilbert tribute reading



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Jill Alexander Essbaum’s Harlot



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A profile of Hadraawi



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Keith Newton’s Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City



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Taylor Brady’s Occupational Treatment



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Sandy Florian’s Telescope



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Reading Report: John Ashbery

at the Poetry Project



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Talking with Tan Lin



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Gary Snyder visits his home town



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Blogging the Palfest



A short video of Suheir Hammad’s reading



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Dodie Bellamy’s Barf Manifesto



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Reading Report:

Spicer Fest



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Wayne Kaumalii Westlake, Jack Spicer, Douglas Rothschild



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Censorship in Oz



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Newspapers meet to discuss

charging for online content



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Why prizes matter in the poetry economy



The glories of the Griffin



Poetry but no novels

shortlisted for

Wales Book of the Year



Alice Munro wins the Man Booker



Screenwriter Idol?



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NY Times on the

Padel-Walcott dust-up



Poets behaving badly



Academic Infighting



London Evening Standard

publishes Padel’s email

“littered with spelling mistakes”



James Fenton:

“Hounding” a sexual predator

“shames Oxford”



It’s Walcott’s poems that matter



Art ain’t no excuse



Forbes goes “tsk tsk”



Padel, reading at the Hay Festival

where she also talks about the scandal



Could there have been a conspiracy?



A profile of Arvind Mehrotra



Mehrotra’s The Middle Earth online



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Potlatch Poetry

(trade your books!)



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New business plan: free books



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Geoffrey Gatza’s Housecat Kung Fu



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Ventriloquism in poetry & society



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Lidia Torres’ A Weakness for Boleros



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Edward Foster’s History of the Common Scale



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Remembering Dave Church



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The “tolerated biography” of

Gabriel García Márquez



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The Best New Zealand Poems 2008



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Karla Morton is Texas’ laureate



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In Edmonton, the laureate is

Cadence Weapon



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A profile of John Clare



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Curiosities of literature



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Charles Coté’s Flying for the Window



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Doug Messerli’s new blog

focuses on fiction



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Joyce Jenkins heads up Berkeley Poetry Fest



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John Chávez’ Heterotopia



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The Hybrid Book Fair



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José Miguel Ullán is dead



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Buses, cathedrals &

books constructed out of

coconut skin



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Lopate’s Sontag



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How about personalized magazines?



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John Sayles’ new book

is having trouble

finding a publisher



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Lets review Updike
some more



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Campion’s Keats



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Cy Twombly & painting as reading



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Poor. Old. Tired. Horse.



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The folded paper of Simon Schubert



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Color at the Liverpool Tate



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New paintings up at the White House



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Manchester’s museum has a hermit



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Francis Bacon on the Cross



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Light in the Attic’s road tour

of 50 indie record shops on the West Coast



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19th century poetry for 21st century music



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Joan Baez, abuela



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Sam Maloof has died



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The trouble with being Cioran



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Two books on Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak



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Liberty University’s definition of liberty

doesn’t include

freedom of speech or assembly



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Galatea Resurrects

offers an obscene amount of riches

in issue no. 12

(87 reviews, plus interviews

& Eileen Tabios
is “suddenly” a mom)