February 22, 2012

Someone Wrote You a Letter

By Joseph Campana

You know you should write but you don’t. I don’t. Let’s be clear: I’ve neglected my blog for weeks now, though I love it. And it took three weeks to […]

February 12, 2012

Short Takes: Toward a New Past

By Andrew David King

A defense of the virtues of an art that’s seemingly more and more lost each year: memorization and declamation. William Gibson, on science fiction authors’ hankering for the way things […]

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

A thousand words, a single elegy

By Andrew David King

I expected only dust when I opened the old photo album, but inside its plastic sleeves were the faces of a family. I flipped through the pages; they depicted a […]

January 18, 2012

Mind of Winter

By Joseph Campana

If anyone has one, a mind of winter, it’s Tomas Tranströmer. I’ve been thinking about his poems lately, how each seems to place the reader in a crystalline picture frame […]

January 17, 2012

Short Takes: Poetic Violence

By Andrew David King

Why is it that, 600 years later, Joan of Arc still fascinates us? And by “us” I mean, of course, not just you and me, reader, but “Shakespeare, Voltaire, Twain, […]