Night Thoughts (I)

Amit Majmudar
March 3, 2015
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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 elliptical. It is no surprise to me that there is…

Citizen Alert

Cody Walker
February 28, 2015
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It feels as if everyone who’s teaching a poetry class this semester is teaching Claudia Rankine’s Citizen. (I’m sure it’s being taught in nonfiction courses, as well; it’s been nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award in both poetry…

Trans Writing and Genre

T Clutch Fleischmann
February 27, 2015
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There are a lot of reasons I want to point writers and readers toward the video of Staking Our Claim: Trans Women’s Literature in the 21st Century. Hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women and sponsored in part…

Natalie Diaz, Taking Over the Game

Cody Walker
February 27, 2015
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About a thousand years ago, when I was an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin, I took several classes with the poet Ronald Wallace. In one of the workshops, we discussed the poems of Ted Kooser. This was before Kooser…

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