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9 A.M., the Gritty Outskirts

9 A.M., the Gritty Outskirts Henry, Laurie The Great Dane prowls his third-floor pied a terre, swatting with his cropped tail the art prints and postcards his Person retrieves and stands up on the bookshelf every night. The big dog smells the squirrels, rabbits and skunks, dressed out in the sink a hundred years ago, […]

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Clark Coolidge: Kerouac

Clark Coolidge: Kerouac Coolidge, Clark I thought I’d start out with a sort of two-panel quote from Kerouac to give the range of his language. You might think of these examples. as two polar existences of the words in his work. The first: Black black black black bling bling bling bling black black black black […]

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Songs From the House of Death, or How To Make It Through to the End of a Relationship

Songs From the House of Death, or How To Make It Through to the End of a Relationship Harjo, Joy 1. From the house of death there is rain. From rain is flood and flowers. And flowers emerge through the ruins of those who left behind stores of corn and dishes, turquoise and bruises from […]

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IX. Loving Romy Schneider

IX. Loving Romy Schneider St John, David It was a line from Schiller Set by Schumann, I think, that she wrote In the flyleaf of the small photo album Filled entirely with postcards of nudes Some male & some female-but each More miraculous (not to mention immortal) In their marble flesh than we, who, of […]

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Sexton and Plath’s Friendship and Mutual Influence

“Two Sweet Ladies”: Sexton and Plath’s Friendship and Mutual Influence Trinidad, David I SHOULD SAY AT THE OUT SET THAT I AM, HAVE been-on and off- since the 1970’s, a Sexton and Plath-oholic. When I first encountered Sexton she was on the cusp of being, thanks largely to the women’s movement, co-opted by academia. Plath […]

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While He Told Me

While He Told Me Olds, Sharon While he told me, I looked from small thing to small thing in our room, the face of the bedside clock, the sepia postcard of a woman bending down to a lily. Later, when we took off our clothes, I saw his deep navel, and the cindery lichen silk, […]

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The Persistence of John Ashbery

Across the Millennium: The Persistence of John Ashbery Moramarco, Fred Across the Millennium: The Persistence of John Ashbery WAKEFULNESS. John Ashbery. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1998 GIRLS ON THE RUN, A POEM. John Ashbery. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1999 YOUR NAME HERE: POEMS. John Ashbery. New York: Farrar, Straus &, Giroux, […]

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20 Questions for Robert Kelly

20 Questions for Robert Kelly Eshleman, Clayton A Column ROBERT KELLY (193 5-) WAS BORN IN BROOKlyn, New York. He attended City College and Columbia University and, in i960, with Jerome Rothenberg, formulated the ‘Deep Image” concept of poetry. He has taught literature and writing at Bard College since 1961, where he is now the […]

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What if Christ Were a Snowflake Falling into the Sea?

What if Christ Were a Snowflake Falling into the Sea? Revell, Donald The water is taller than itself, Covering spirits of the air beneath. And so the land, so mountainous beside, Does not exist. Have you thought about the future? Take your finger and rub it across a stone. Feel that? Heat where nothing but […]

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One Hour, October

One Hour, October Devaney, Tom Time was never a turn-on the way it is with you. Please know I distrust poetry and everything I say is wrong. The errors of my most ambitious attempts make me laugh. It should be embarrassing to share such a secret. I hardly even try since I know this. A […]