July 31, 2017

Mix-Tape I: Sometimes You Choose Never

By Rosebud Ben-Oni

In yesterday’s essay, I wrote in part on the difficulties of coming back daily from the noise, especially when it’s not just noise, but policies and public discourse that affect us […]

February 16, 2012

Mix Tape: Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been

By Maggie Smith

The theme park Dickens World “promised to be an ‘authentic’ re-creation of the London of Charles Dickens’s novels, complete with soot, pickpockets, cobblestones, gas lamps, animatronic Dickens characters and strategically […]

February 9, 2012

Mix Tape: Carver Wasn’t Always Carver

By Maggie Smith

In this insightful response to Anis Shivani’s “Can Creative Writing Be Taught? Therapy for the Disaffected Masses,” Karen Babine notes: “the main issue that Shivani overlooks—whether intentional or not, in […]

February 2, 2012

Mix Tape: Cellar Door

By Maggie Smith

What’s so beautiful about cellar door? These two little words have gotten a lot of attention from Donnie Darko, Dorothy Parker, and beyond. “If you can pronounce correctly every word […]

January 26, 2012

Mix Tape: Cursed Poets

By Maggie Smith

What does it mean to “be a poet”? Philip Larkin “didn’t give readings or lectures, was never a poet-in-residence at a university, never taught, rarely gave interviews, generally stayed away […]

January 19, 2012

Mix Tape: Word Processing

By Maggie Smith

Is the Pushcart biased against online journals? The Pushcart folks won’t find much on Meijer’s Facebook page. Although, isn’t sausage, football, and poetry an intriguing combination? Writing long sentences: “a way […]

December 29, 2011

Mix Tape: Another Year’s Best List

By Maggie Smith

For my last post of the year, here’s a look back at ten of my favorite literary tidbits from Mix Tape 2011—the sublime, the ridiculous, and a few things not […]

December 15, 2011

Mix Tape: Popular Muses

By Maggie Smith

Check out the How a Poem Happens blog. In the latest post, John Drury talks about inspiration. “Yes, I like being ambushed by memory and imagination, and I do what […]