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I am mainly over here now: http://kentdshaw.tumblr.com/ Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2013 at Lots and lots of neat
I have been reading what is probably an obscure book of craft essays: Poets on Poetry, edited by Howard Nemerov, and published in 1966. The book is framed around a questionnaire Nemerov sent to the poets asking them to respond... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2013 at Lots and lots of neat
What is the working title of your book? Gigantic Where did the idea for the book come from? Air, because of the atmosphere. Water, because of the ocean. Anger, because it is obsessive and wouldn't leave me alone. Hope, because... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Lots and lots of neat
Today I'm featured at the Writeliving blog. Where I'm asked questions about where I'm from, and what it feels like not to be there any more. David Schuman invited me to answer the questions. Here's a Glamour Shot photo of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2013 at Lots and lots of neat
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Here's the link for another Rumpus review. Because I'm starting to write some book reviews there. http://therumpus.net/2013/02/murder-ballad-by-jane-springer/ Maybe what doesn't get full voice in the review is this issue I've been having with Southern Literature lately. Like why does it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Lots and lots of neat
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Look at what this is. http://therumpus.net/2012/11/the-lamp-with-wings-by-m-a-vizsolyi/ A review of M. A. Vizsolyi I wrote over at The Rumpus. It went up last year. But I haven't updated this blog since last year. I focused a lot in the review on... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2013 at Lots and lots of neat
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"Gray Scale," by Evan Holloway. 2000. Tree branches, paint, metal. "Gray Scale," by Evan Holloway + The Keep , by Emily Wilson What they have in common: trees. Microscopic attention to trees, actually. Open Wilson's The Keep, and you'll find... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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from RIG installation, by Phyllida Barlow. 2011. Various materials. from RIG, by Phyllida Barlow + Voyager , by Srikanth Reddy What they have in common: Facts are heavy things. And they often stand with each other in a solidarity that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Donkey Gospel, by Tony Hoagland (Graywolf, 1998) In order to understand a Tony Hoagland poem, you need to follow some very specific instructions. First, grow old. Unfortunately, this disqualifies a whole army of under-23 year olds who swear on Donkey... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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"Accumulation," by Yayoi Kusama. 1963. Sewn and stuffed fabric, wood chair frame, paint. "Accumulation," by Yayoi Kusama + What Is Amazing , by Heather Christle What they have in common: World + even better world + whole worlds of microbes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Metropole, by Geoffrey G. O'Brien (University of California Press, 2011) Could be there be a difference between a commitment to writing and a commitment to language? And I don't mean commitment in that dictionary-detached "commitment" form of the word. Every... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Louise in Love, by Mary Jo Bang (Grove, 2001) What if you could base a book of poetry on a cloud? Not like the abstract "cloud," but a real cloud, that's fluffy, and has all the fluffiness insides, and normally... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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from "That Once Were Beautiful Children," by Claudia Rankine from Ploughshares Spring 2012 I have been infected by the voice of Claudia Rankine. And what I mean is that I was once at one of the Squaw Valley fundraiser readings,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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"Life is Beautiful," by Farhad Moshiri. 2009. Knives. Detail of "Life is Beautiful." They're knives! "Life is Beautiful," by Farhad Moshiri + Modern Life , by Matthea Harvey What they have in common: Um, ticklish delight? At least when you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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"Choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, sanguine," by Bharti Kher. 2009-10. Bronze. "Choleric, phlegmatic, melancholic, sanguine," by Bharti Kher + Glass, Irony and God , by Anne Carson What they have in common: I hope you can see it. Because I think the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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The Little Door Slides Back, by Jeff Clark (Sun & Moon Press, 1997) When I was 27, I was obsessed with a woman. Her name was Erica Neal. Though her name is actually irrelevant. Just like the true love I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Radio, Radio, by Ben Doller (ne Doyle) (LSU Press, 2001) Let me tell you what I think phenomenology is. It's a game. The object is to keep the world in your head. But stuff all the world in your head,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Skirt Full of Black, by Sun Yung Shin (Coffee House Press, 2006) What is identity supposed to be? Should it be stable? Should we be aspiring for stability? Sun Yung Shin is Korean-American, her book is overtly political, and so... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Columbarium, by Susan Stewart (University of Chicago Press, 2003) Eternity should always be that arrow we place at the end of an asymptotic line. It should symbolize a trajectory away from and outside our thinking. Because it's eternity. And anything... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Song, by Brigit Pegeen Kelly (BOA Editions, 1994) Certainty is a behemoth. It is like having a marble statue reside in your chest. It is like reading Brigit Pegeen Kelly's Song, which itself is like a lump sum of certainty.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Design, by Sally Keith (Center for Literary Publishing, 2000) Henri Bergson describes language as a human technology. He says that language does for intelligence what the wheel does for the feet. Without language, humans would focus all their attention on... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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"A. in May," by Kathleen Ossip from Boston Review March/April 2012 Some days I think dissipation deserves a trophy. Like we could set it on a marble dais, we could feed it Turkish Delights, we could flatter it with some... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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"Apologies from the Ground Up," by Timothy Donnelly from A Public Space 15 What isn't funny about narcissism? And I don't just mean narcissism like the Howard Stern kind. That's more a talking narcissism, which I would compare to the... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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"The Bird that Begins It," by Jorie Graham from A Public Space 15 Please, Lord, please do not let Jorie Graham reconcile the mystery that binds the self to its body, or that keeps the abstract so inextricably assigned to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat
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Against Which, by Ross Gay (CavanKerry Press, 2006) Is poetry the genre that has the most fraught relationship with autobiography? It would seem not. There is an entire classification of poem just for confessing. There are entire poetries existing as... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2012 at Lots and lots of neat