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Mid-Career: Three Poets and their Fourth Books

Mid-Career: Three Poets and their Fourth Books

IN THE LITERARY PROFESSION, the designation “mid-career” is open to interpretation. It’s not necessarily measured by a writer’s age, but by a writer’s publications and/or the span of writer...

Raucous Sounds: City Lights Pocket Poets at 60

Raucous Sounds: City Lights Pocket Poets at 60

But you, a new brood, native, athletic, continental, greater than before known,Arouse! for you must justify me. — Walt Whitman, “Poets to Come”   IT IS A COMMONPLACE, often denied by...

The Holy City: Charleston, A Remembrance

The Holy City: Charleston, A Remembrance

MY RELATIONSHIP TO the South (always capital S) is complicated, and loaded. But there will always be reverence and love. I had to put distance between us to know how to love it, to appreciate what it ...

Ready to Sing: Angie Estes’s Enchantée

Ready to Sing: Angie Estes’s Enchantée

ON ITS SURFACE, a typical Angie Estes poem is all fun and filigree: oxymorons, etymological rabbit holes, multilingual puns. But underneath the play there’s always a self who thinks and feels deeply...

A Global Poetry for Troubled Times

A Global Poetry for Troubled Times

We are the people, the thousand rivers of Việt Nam.Through rough water and huddles we still flow backto the heart of our sea. — Nguyen Phan Que Mai, “Being Vietnamese”   IN VIETNAM, secret...

Beyond Bukowski

Beyond Bukowski

IN DECEMBER 2014, Otis Books/Seismicity Editions, in conjunction with the Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Foundation, published A Higher Form of Politics: The Rise of a Poetry Scene, Los Angeles, 1950-19...

The Charges

The Charges

I come from people who held slaves, and people who were put in ovens. So I have a sense there is very little one human being won’t do to another. — Jorie Graham in Harvard Magazine, 2001 &nb...

Everything Particular Is Irreplaceable

Everything Particular Is Irreplaceable

PICTURE YOURSELF vanishing without a trace. It’s not easily done. There is something so irrefutable about our own existence that the thought of vanishing into thin air seems horrifying, if not lit...

The Call to Transmission

The Call to Transmission

LOOK UP THE WORD “streaming,” and you will find it defined as a method of transmitting and receiving data. This has a crisp technological tinge to it that speaks to our reliance on media, and our ...

Truth in the Poetry of Chana Bloch

Truth in the Poetry of Chana Bloch

CHANA BLOCH’s distinguished oeuvre spans decades: The Secrets of the Tribe (Sheep Meadow Press, 1980), The Past Keeps Changing (Sheep Meadow Press, 1992), Mrs. Dumpty (Wisconsin Press, 1998), and ...