January 2016

“69 Hidebound Opinions”

January 25, 2016

These quotes come from C.D. Wright’s essay “69 Hidebound Opinions, Propositions, and Several Asides from a Manila Folder Concerning the Stuff of Poetry,” which you can (and should!) read in the anthology By Herself: Women Reclaim Poetry. Asked informally “What’s a young poet to do,” Robert Creeley proposed, “form a company.” He meant start something: a magazine, a book press, go on-line; publish yourselves. One outfit flies …

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Read This, Not That!: Please Don’t Call It Poetry Edition

January 22, 2016

A certain lipstick pig has reappeared in the news this week.                   I can’t bring myself to listen to much of her speech, much less read the transcript. She seems to be intent on ruining rhyme for everyone else. And repetition. And possibly the entire English language. Luckily, there is another pig you can read about, a Weird …

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Read This, Not That!: Diet Edition

January 17, 2016

I have been seeing a lot of articles lately about what foods you should cut out to make your New Years resolutions a reality. Take my advice: skip all that reading and add Thomas Sayers Ellis’s “The Shrimpy Grits” to your diet. The thing about “The Shrimpy Grits” is you can “Throw anything in them—cheese, bacon bits, Giuliani, / Bush I, Bush 2 and they still …

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Read This: Anti-social Network

January 9, 2016

I understand there is a new social network. I don’t know anything about Peach and I prefer not to find out. If you’re also planning to avoid it, I have a suggestion for something better. Read this poem by Jennifer Moxley: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/249742   “Dividend of the Social Opt Out” celebrates staying home from the party. If you’re not gathering followers on Peach right now, that’s …

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Lopez’s “Good People” Uneven But Charming

January 5, 2016

Good People Robert Lopez Bellevue Literary Press 192 Pages $16.95 Reviewd by Patrick Vogelpohl   Good People, Robert Lopez’s latest short fiction collection, is like a younger sibling: Both are often irritating, but you want them in your life. Lopez is the author of Asunder, Kamby Bolongo Mean River and Part of the World. Vol. 1 Brooklyn praised Asunder, Lopez’s first collection of stories, for its …

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