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Monthly archive September, 2012
Virginia Woolf: Why?

Virginia Woolf: Why?

When the first number of LYSISTRATA appeared, I confess that I was deeply disappointed. It was so well printed, on such good paper. It looked established, prosperous. As I turned the pages it seemed to me that wealth must have descended upon Somerville, and I was about to answer the request of the editor for...

Essays & Fragments: Barbara Godard

Reading: “Excentriques, Ex-centric, Avant-Garde: Women and Modernism in the Literatures of Canada” by Barbara Godard. In 1984 Barbara Godard posited that the creation of a thorough literary history in Canada would require understanding women. Well, guess what? That still holds true. Specifically, in this article Godard calls for a rearticulation of literary history that takes...
GANGNAM SEMIOTICS: IRONY AND THE POSTIRONIC MEME CULTURE

GANGNAM SEMIOTICS: IRONY AND THE POSTIRONIC MEME CULTURE

I don’t know about you but my day job looks a lot like this. And also this: Ah, the boundless entertainment of the internets. Link-swapping is up there with my preferred methods of workcrastination, and kinder to the wallet than online shopping (just try to forget your credit card numbers once they’re memorized, go ahead...
Tracie: Invisible [wo]Man on a Station in the Metro

Tracie: Invisible [wo]Man on a Station in the Metro

Invisible [wo]Man on a Station in the Metro I’m Specter — between underground stations. I used to know them a little and they knew me. I was eating with them sometimes. We would exchange phrases. One day, my self began making cameos. It happened while I was eating grits and once again in a public...
Poets On Beauty

Poets On Beauty

“You are an artist, are you not, Mr. Dedalus? said the dean. The object of the artist is the creation of the beautiful. What the beautiful is is another question.”   –James Joyce, Ulysses The dean sounds very sure of himself:  the artist seeks beauty. But chances are he’d be a lot less sure these days. As...
Reading and Thinking: Lisa Robertson's "Nilling."

Reading and Thinking: Lisa Robertson’s “Nilling.”

Nilling is a book about books. It is a book about reading and a book about thinking, because for Lisa Robertson the two cannot be so easily teased apart. And it may be a stretch to say this, as it is a book about a great many other things besides, but alongside all those other...
Emma Healey: Two Poems

Emma Healey: Two Poems

wellbutrin say bupropion no fair enough say you’ll chew through this huge field of sunflowers better slur well into swooning the requisite great to say sing if we’ll let you have thoughts of dissolve or attempt say insured like you mean it say prayer where your liver should be say a side sleep less pronounce...
The Poet Thinks with Her Poem: An Interview with Rae Armantrout

The Poet Thinks with Her Poem: An Interview with Rae Armantrout

Rae Armantrout, born in California in 1947, is part of the first generation of West Coast Language poets. Armantrout has published several books of poetry, including: Versed (2009), which earned the Pulitzer Prize in 2010; Next Life (2007), selected by The New York Times as one of the most notable books of 2007; Up to...
Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy Lippard: Conceptualism, Feminism, Activism

Lucy R. Lippard from Artforum on Vimeo.
The Limbless and Resolute in Kotsilidis’ Hypotheticals

The Limbless and Resolute in Kotsilidis’ Hypotheticals

Hypotheticals Leigh Kotsilidis, Coach House Books Appropriately, the first poem in Leigh Kotsilidis’ debut poetry collection, Hypotheticals, is “Origins.” Echoing against the book’s epigraph—“In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded” (Terry Pratchett)—the poem’s tightly woven and impressionistic two stanzas are concerned with the business of cleaving apart physical matter to create a space for...

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