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As readers of this blog surely know, there's a lot going on this month, poetrywise. I'm among the folks who find this exhiliarating, instead of somehow annoying or overwhelming. The bursting forth of poems in every nook and cranny of the internet (and bookstores, libraries, classrooms, radio) smashes through the last of my winter slumpiness as effectively as the first bright smears of forsythia when they pop. Come on, yellow! I need you. One of the things I'm most looking foward to this month is the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair. Smaller than the AWP Bookfair (in a good way)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2014 at The Best American Poetry
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On a road trip about a decade ago, my spouse and I pulled our rental car over just south of Kerby, Oregon, along the Redwood Highway. We made a U-turn. Nobody spoke for a few minutes, as we made our way back. "What the heck is a burl?" "I'm not sure." We pulled into the gravel parking lot, already crowded with a bus and a dozen other cars, to park across from the yellow sign that had caught our attention: YES…IT'S A BURL! Indeed that turned out to be true. Pretty much everything in this bizarre little store called It's... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
Thanks, Emily! I'll have to check out Vine and will follow on Twitter.
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National Poetry Month begins tomorrow, as readers of this blog surely know. It's also the tenth year of NaPoWriMo, during which millions (OK maybe hundreds) of poets attempt to write a poem every day during the month of April. Maureen Thorson started NaPoWriMo as a personal challenge, on her blog, back in 2003. (That's how we met: I read along as she posted that first year, and the next year joined her, as did several other folks.) And it's grown from there, unofficially, wildly, rhizomatically. I'll be posting my daily drafts at the Bloof blog, along with Bloof poets Danielle... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2013 at The Best American Poetry
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Posted Dec 20, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
Hi Michael! Just read your post too—good stuff. Thanks for letting me pop into your week. (That'll be my only pop. ;))
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On vacation this August, I picked up a copy of Dean Young’s The Art of Recklessness, a book-length essay in which Young argues that “Civilization makes us ill,” by its repressions. His antidote? Art. And art is most meaningful, he suggests, when it undoes the civilizing effects of socialization. Poetry is best (most affective/emotive/imaginative) when it’s reckless, wild, receptive—not disciplined or finely crafted. “Poetry is when the animal bursts forth, inflamed. It ain’t always pretty.” It’s a good essay. But I still haven’t finished it. Because once he started talking about which artists he felt were sufficiently, amieloratively reckless, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at The Best American Poetry
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