Tag: Poet

‘Literature is against us’: In Conversation with Anne Boyer

‘Literature is against us’: In Conversation with Anne Boyer BY AMY KING If you don’t know Anne Boyer’s work, you should. She’s a fierce intellect, tremendous poet, and laudable person. I’m grateful she spent time untangling my meandering questions. Her new book, Garments Against Women, is just out from Ahsahta Press, a perfect fit for Boyer’s…

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COOPERATIVE POETRY

COOPERATIVE POETRY The Rooster Moans created an online network of artists where there are no hierarchies.    “It allows the students to see that, regardless of level of experience, we’re all working artists, and that being a published poet doesn’t mean that you don’t still struggle and grapple with your art, and/or obviate the need…

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Review @ Jacket Magazine

The gestural lyric and beyond A review of Amy King’s “I Want to Make You Safe” BARRY SCHWABSKY EXCERPT: At a time when the lyric is widely denigrated and often practiced in a defensive mode if at all, her insouciant confidence that it will serve any end is heartening. CONTINUED @ JACKET2

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WILL THE REAL WALT WHITMAN PROBLEM PLEASE STAND UP? TOUCHING PERFECT BODIES WITH HIS MIND

I cannot fathom that Walt Whitman was the first to write on a variety of controversies typically attributed to “Song of Myself,” including the complexities of slavery, the overt hand of eroticism, and the soul beyond the confines of religion, atrocities of war, etc.   In fact, a number of writers come easily to mind who…

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Edward James: Poet – Architect

From “Leonora Carrington: A Retrospective Exhibition” (1975) – excerpts from Introduction by Edward James: “Leonora’s work is no pastiche of the 16th century.  Its similarity is rather due to the fact that Leonora Carrington was endowed from birth with the versatility of a Renaissance man [Women’s Lib having not yet reared its head]. The fact…

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“What is safe?”

Words and Music by Metta Sáma EXCERPTS: “King’s book is not quiet; hers is an aesthetics of sound fractured, fragmented, compounded, mixed, remixed, sampled, jointed, yes, even anointed. (Check out the cover of this book, it’s sparseness of image, this blaringly red background, these glaringly gray figures, mouths open. Caught mid-pounce (whose in danger? (you…

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King on Rich

No Place for the Little Lyric / Poetry Off the Shelf : The Poetry Foundation [click here] No Place for the Little Lyric @ The Poetry Foundation Should Adrienne Rich be the poet laureate of the Occupy movement?

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Take That, America…

“NECESSARY INSTINCT“ @ Harp & Altar Roseanne Carrara Curses To a Translator of Horace The End of the Novel Andy Fitch from Island Freshly Raked The Cloisters Apartments for Sale Geometry of the Lemon Jimmy Carter Attitude Eileen G’Sell Sunday Blanket Praise Amy King Necessary Instinct Jesse Lichtenstein Cause Effect Stephen Sturgeon Three Elegies for…

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My Other Voice

Not *my* voice per se — Nic Sebastian brilliantly reads “A Hole in My Name,” complete with accent from elsewhere (can anyone detect the origin??). Nic’s voice transforms the poem into a legitimate experience! Hear the poem by clicking *here*!  Thanks, Nic! ~~~~~~~ Here is Nic’s “About” — Dear Poet X – I am writing…

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New Orleans: Poetry Rehab

Filmmaker, Ghen Dennis, has been to New Orleans a number of times since Hurricane Katrina destroyed many people’s homes and neighborhoods.  She has worked on rebuilding projects, rescued a few dogs, and continues to document the remaining destruction.   During her most recent visit, she wheat-pasted poems to buildings still in need of rehab. A…

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THE GURLESQUE

WHAT IT ISN’T… Over the past few days, there has been a flurry of recent debate on the Gurlesque (see my post below). Numerous contradictions, conflations, and confusions abound, coupled with not a lot of resolution or agreement regarding what has cumulatively “taken place” vis a vis the book itself (Ana Bozicevic touches on this…

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How to Say What You Haven’t

EXCERPTS in response to my “The What Else” essay: That is, it is not shaped by a coherent/canonized value system that’s purposed ideologically against a heteronormative poetic tradition… It should exist outside the power structure that contains that discourse, but become accessible by readerly politicized positions… Queerness haunts the machine, articulating differences. We don’t know what…

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Towards Still Another Universe…

Slaves to Do These Things is now available on Amazon (SPD later) for order – enjoy!   “I’m portable. My mind travels / the verse and valleys of whole people says the poet.” Correct! Readers of this book will discover their own memories. They will melt in them, amazed, lullabied, dramatized, shocked that they exist.…

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To Understand, a Window

A word washed ashore:  Bookslut Tiny out-of-order excerpts: This phenomenon, in my book, is referred to as “finding your balls online.” I was pretty sick for a solid year after 36 years of very good health. My encounter with mortality was finally real (no longer the 20-something who wasn’t afraid to discuss death in the…

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Two this Saturday, October 3rd

The New York Public Library: Grand Central Branch — 135 East 46th Street NY, NY October 3rd @ 2 PM– Shanna Compton, Nada Gordon and Amy King Shanna Compton is the author of For Girls (& Others) (Bloof Books, 2008), Down Spooky (Winnow, 2005), GAMERS (Soft Skull, 2004), and several chapbooks. Her poems and essays have…

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Into the Iron-Clad Shadows…

Early Obama’s Efforts to Get People Involved — Is He Practicing What He Preached? I heard on NPR yesterday some Brit pundit proclaiming that President Obama’s recent TV appearances are mostly for naught. Apparently, pundits think the short-term “gains” — as they weigh them — are not worth the long-term hassles he will surely reap…

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Free Presse?

FROM RACHEL MALLINO: Hello – Below is the list of presses and publishers I’ve been able to compile (with the help of some awesome poets), that do not charge reading fees for chapbook or full length manuscripts. Unfortunately, it is a short list in the scope of the poetry community. What is also obvious is…

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