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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...
Introducing: The Poneme, or the Unit of Poetry

Introducing: The Poneme, or the Unit of Poetry

What is the unit of poetry? If the basic unit of prose is the sentence, the analog for poetry would seem to be the line. Sentences constitute paragraphs, and lines constitute stanzas. The only problem is that it doesn’t work for prose poetry, visual poetry, and conceptual forms that don’t have easily identifiable “lines.” (The...
Laura Broadbent reads Erin Moure

Laura Broadbent reads Erin Moure

  Document 29 (French thinking)  from O Cidadan     To enable a language (returning) is also to allow intrusions, and to enable intrusions or their possibility as part of the cultural order. An overlap (micro) into a zone. Sometimes only the “overlap” makes borders of a zone visible. (A horse that is also red,...
Gasping for air

Gasping for air

Although summer has a few more days left on the calendar, the beginning of September marks the beginning of the fall publishing season, with its surfeit of big books, author festivals, and glitzy award galas. It’s a season that has everyone – from publishers and award administrators to media outlets and book bloggers – clamouring...
Inter(re)view: I Burn Paris - A conversation with translator Soren A. Gauger.

Inter(re)view: I Burn Paris – A conversation with translator Soren A. Gauger.

I Burn Paris was written in a climate of uncertainty, nihilism, social and political upheaval, and precipitous change. The Great War had ended, the Bolsheviks were in power, Europe was trying grotesquely to forget the damage it had caused, labor was cheap, and prosperity was shifting to a smaller and smaller segment of the population....
Adam Sol: Unveiling Human Feeling in Karen Solie’s “Untitled”

Adam Sol: Unveiling Human Feeling in Karen Solie’s “Untitled”

Untitled You’re still young. Someone curled an arm around you as you slept, and upon awaking gently touched your face. The first sound you heard today was a bird, a note of origin, before traffic. It’s been years since you thought the morning kind. Someone curled an arm around you as you slept, and in...
Review of Eileen Myles' INFERNO [A poet's Novel]

Review of Eileen Myles’ INFERNO [A poet’s Novel]

How did I not know about Eileen Myles? An icon, a feminist, oh, a feminist icon? An activist. A New York person, a person of that city, who can’t make sense without the city. Well no. I didn’t know.  Because Eileen Myles is a poet, and I’ve shied away from poetry my whole life. It...
Dorothea Lasky: Three Poems

Dorothea Lasky: Three Poems

PEOPLE DO REALLY BAD THINGS People do really bad things But I don’t pay attention to most of them I knew that Alex was my real friend When he told me the one night That true love can not be calculated or contained Despite the orb of blue fire I always hold right up to...
Jen Benka: Poemgraphs

Jen Benka: Poemgraphs

SQ: I love these, Jen. I’m amazed at how different they are, given the sameness of the type, the basic poem, as a visual from this distance. Can you tell me how you got started? JB: Thank you, Sina. Well, I studied photography in college, in addition to writing, and have on- and off-again experimented with...
Kathryn Mockler: Three Poems

Kathryn Mockler: Three Poems

MALICE The pot-bellied pigs were racing hard—only they weren’t pigs in the animal sense, they were cops—really really large cops who were racing bottle caps on the backs of stray dogs. They knew it was a strange hobby but rarely talked about it because to draw too much attention to what they were doing would...

Essay: Lorri Neilsen Glenn

What keeps me coming back to the page is the state of being lost in words. That immersion is humbling in its capacity to remind me my flesh is ordinary, common, fleeting, and wonderfully part of something larger and more enduring than I am. Paradoxically, its commonness – its thresholdness — is its treasure. Yet,...