June 15, 2018


By Dora Malech

[Continued from “Crawlspace”] * Thinking about contemporary sonnets, shadow sonnets, American Sonnets, and so on and so[nnet] on, I’m fascinated both by the poems themselves and by what the poems […]

February 2, 2018

American Sonnets (Part XIII: The Hinges)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part XII: Precursors)”] Terrance Hayes connects with Harryette Mullen connects with Gertrude Stein connects with Terrance Hayes. The links (hyper- and literary) above aren’t just from […]

January 6, 2017

Innovation in Conversation: Part I

By Dora Malech

In thinking about formal innovation in the poetry of Terrance Hayes in my last post, it struck me that, paradoxically, innovation loves company. As a reader, when I encounter formal “newness,” […]

December 21, 2016

Oulipo-Adjacent: Harryette Mullen

By Dora Malech

In my last post on Unica Zürn and the poetics of the anagram, I briefly mentioned the Oulipo writers, often the first group to come to mind when one thinks of constraint-based writing […]

August 29, 2015

Fran Ross, Like a Boss

By Cody Walker

In her foreword to the first reissue of Fran Ross’s Oreo, Harryette Mullen writes, “With its mix of vernacular dialects, bilingual and ethnic humor, inside jokes, neologisms, verbal quirks, and […]