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Adrienne Rich: “some who try to teach the moment, some who preach the moment”

18 Jan

from XI

One citizen like and unlike so many, touched and untouched in passing

–    each of us now a driven grain, a nucleus, a city in crisis

some busy constructing enclosures, bunkers, to escape the common fate

some trying to revive dead statues to lead us, breathing their breath against marble lips

some who try to teach the moment, some who preach the moment

some who aggrandize, some who diminish themselves in the face of half-grasped events

from An Atlas of the Difficult World

from Rimbaud’s “The Impossible”

17 Jan


Philosophers: The world has no age. Humanity simply changes place.

A Season in Hell, Trans. Louise Varese

taste of a new poem from the winter 2013 issue: Robert Gray’s “Humidity”

13 Jan

…  to me that was just
what air felt like air was supposed
to confront you when you walk
outside it was supposed to engulf
you in smothering draining stifling
warmth like a womb but without
nurture or comfort it was something
invisible unnoticed hanging over you heavy
like a sheet damp from an anxious
restless night …

(want to read the rest?)

Wallace Stevens on the poetry of war

13 Jan


[Prose statement on the poetry of war]

The immense poetry of war and the poetry of a work of the imagination are two different things. In the presence of the violent reality of war, consciousness takes the place of the imagination. And consciousness of an immense war is a consciousness of fact. If that is true, it follows that the poetry of war as a consciousness of the victories and defeats of nations, is a consciousness of fact, but of heroic fact, of fact on such a scale that the mere consciousness of it affects the scale of one’s thinking and constitutes a participating in the heroic.

Slice the Air With Knives: poetry and 1997 interview, Jessica Hagedorn

10 Jan

A must-watch video. Still so fresh. From the interview (at :27 or so):

I think the landscape of north American literature is changing, and I think the wave of the future are these writers and artists of color. Biracial, multiracial, whatever. Because America itself is becoming more and more this mixed bag. I mean, it was dominated at one time by this one particular point of view. And no longer. It is still very slow, to me. And I think it is very threatening to a lot of keepers of the flame.

You open the door. But that doesn’t mean you have to throw out what’s already there. You just have to add to it.

the significance of process: a new mural in downtown Phoenix

10 Jan


In the Stay Fly mural project, the artist Sentrock has created a swan in chains for his beloved Bird City as a visual reminder to never be kept down.

The Stay Fly folio collects process stills and video from the project, still developing as it draws to a close over the next few days. Take a look.

Is it beautiful? Yes. Collaborative? Yes. Street art? Sure. Poetry? Just wait. Sent says the poetry is the last thing he’ll add, along the high curb at the mural’s base.


new work from the Winter 2013 issue: Sean Thomas Dougherty’s I Am A Forty

8 Jan


late night, shooting pool with Sean Thomas Dougherty, in a suburb just north of Detroit, 2011

One of four poems forthcoming in the Winter issue: “I Am A Forty

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