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Monthly archive December, 2012
Hoa Nguyen's "As Long As Trees Last"

Hoa Nguyen’s “As Long As Trees Last”

Some years ago, during a seminar on Joanne Kyger in one of my favourite classes at McGill (“Poetry at the Mid-Century: the New York School and the San Francisco Renaissance”), my professor compared Kyger’s fragmentary poems to icebergs: “almost all of it is under the page level,” he said. They hint at larger meanings, to...

Elegy for Newtown from NRA via David Frum’s Twitter Feed

We need a federal agent to protect every little girl with a stupid relative We need a federal agent at every cancer hospital We need a federal agent at every marriage proposal We need a federal agent at every gun range We need a federal agent at every teen birthday party We need a federal...

Friday Dance Break: Gangam Wha?

Larry Levis: Boy in Video Arcade

Larry Levis: Boy in Video Arcade

Some see a lake of fire at the end of it, Or heaven’s guesswork, something always to be sketched in. I see a sullen boy in a video arcade. He’s the only one there at this hour, shoulders slightly bent above a machine. I see the pimples on his chin, the scuffed linoleum on the...
Gentle, Juliana Spahr

Gentle, Juliana Spahr

Nature, what is nature? What is eco? What is eco-poetics? What is nature-eco-poetics? How does feminism fit into nature eco poetics? What would a Vendana Shiva/Donna Haraway hybrid look like? Tim Lilburn and Juliana Spahr? I can’t help but wonder what, how, nature, or what we think of nature differs east, west, developed, undeveloped, with...
Shawna Lemay: Things That Run Through My Head When Writing An Ekphrastic Poem

Shawna Lemay: Things That Run Through My Head When Writing An Ekphrastic Poem

THINGS THAT RUN THROUGH MY HEAD WHEN WRITING AN EKPHRASTIC POEM My approach is in spirals, I walk around in my mind, around the painting. I try to see the supports, the stretcher and the nails, the frame might be important. It might not be. The tooth of the canvas is of particular interest of...

Friday Dance Break: Janelle Monáe

Abstract / Concrete #1: Judith Copithorne (By derek beaulieu)

Abstract / Concrete #1: Judith Copithorne (By derek beaulieu)

RUNES Discussion of concrete poetry tends to centre on male figures—personalities and practices which dominate the discourse. This domination suggests that there isn’t a preponderance of women in concrete poetry and that women the poets who are working in this subgenre must be minor or merely occasional. This is not the case. Building on my...
Robyn Sarah on Beauty

Robyn Sarah on Beauty

Welcome to the third installment of On Beauty, a series of interviews with poets about their relationship to beauty. For an introduction to the project, see  Poets On Beauty. The first interview, with Sonnet L’Abbé, can be found at L’Abbé On Beauty. Today I’m pleased to bring you the thoughts of Robyn Sarah, whose poetry I...
Writers Recommend: Books to Give

Writers Recommend: Books to Give

We wanted to avoid the inevitable Best-Of lists, but we still want to take the opportunity to recommend books, so here we have a list of favorites and recommendations–not only from this year, and apparently, not only in book form! Enjoy, and best of the season. Also, please fill the comment stream with your recommendations....
Reciting Poetry at 101

Reciting Poetry at 101

from the Office for Soft Architecture’s Department of Appliance Lore, meet Bel.
Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Defence of Poetry

Percy Bysshe Shelley: A Defence of Poetry

It doesn’t feel old, not at all, but it did feel male. Very male. Exclusively so. And so I’ve done a little intervention here. I’m not convinced it’s effective. Or even interesting…but I couldn’t resist myself either so I offer it here. It’s worth rereading in any case, right? If Twitter is any indication it...

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