October 25, 2015

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Irrelevance

By Amit Majmudar

  With the American government sending drones overseas, with our military involved over the past decade in conflict after dirty conflict; with the largest incarcerated population in the world, and […]

December 16, 2014

Patterns of Poetic Revolution

By Amit Majmudar

  One of the most famous lines in English poetry about poetry is Moore’s “I, too, dislike it.” The interesting thing is just how much the best poets, historically, have […]

June 28, 2013

What Makes Contemporary American Poetry So Good

By Amit Majmudar

One of the most wonderful things about being a writer in contemporary America—besides the unprecendented ease of access to books—is our multiplicity of traditions. In the past, in smaller, more homogenous […]

March 25, 2013

Why I Don’t Teach Poetry Writing

By Amit Majmudar

  What are we teaching when we teach the writing of poetry? Much of what we call the “teaching” of poetry is actually the teaching of contemporary conventions governing poetry. […]

May 13, 2012

The Reconquest of the Long Form

By Amit Majmudar

There are, by my count, only two things that can save a long poem in English. Heterogeneity (Eliot and Pound; and those polyphonic, formally quite various sustained dramatic poems of […]