September 11, 2018

Luck, Lit, & Gutter Spouts

By Derek Mong

I was twenty-three years old when I won the Hopwood Award for Poetry. A recent college grad, I lived in a leaky apartment that I’d furnished with lawn furniture and […]

February 16, 2018

American Sonnets (Part XV: Some Sonnets)

By Dora Malech

[Continued from “American Sonnets (Part XIV: Stein’s Sonnet)”] I’m going by memory and intuition here in tracing some kind of history of the formally subversive American sonnet – I hope […]

September 6, 2017

Thinking about John Ashbery

By Jerry Harp

It’s been heartening to see the many tributes online to John Ashbery, who died on Sunday at the age of ninety. Has anyone given to the our language what Ashbery […]

May 30, 2015

Poetry and Chess

By Amit Majmudar

  I was perusing YouTube for new movie trailers, as I do sometimes in between cases at work. Confession: I never intend to go watch the flick unless it’s a new […]

March 3, 2015

Night Thoughts (I)

By Amit Majmudar

Dickinson’s dashes and erratic capitalizations seem unusual or eccentric only to those who are unfamiliar with 19th century letter-writing. Byron’s letters, for example, are punctuated entirely in Dickinsonese, and similarly […]

October 19, 2014

The iPhone Considered as a Work of Art

By Amit Majmudar

Is my iPhone a 21st century work of art? The exquisite touch of realism in the faint shadows under the icons at the bottom: The sleek, Brancusi-like sleekness of line […]

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. […]