Why We Chose It

Natalie Shapero
September 6, 2014
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“All of Me” by Melissa Febos (Click here to read an excerpt of the essay.) “Tattoos,” writes Melissa Febos in her sharp, soulful essay on art, self-destruction, and salvation, “express multiple desires: to be seen, to attract, to repel. But…

Political Poetry

Amit Majmudar
September 5, 2014
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  Should poets speak truth to power? Is it their role to court censorship, to call out social injustices, to commentate, to dare reveal political iniquity for what it is and damn the consequences? NPR critic Juan Vidal thinks so…

The Wonderful Worlds of Borges

Brian Michael Murphy
September 2, 2014
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I recently came across an edited set of interviews with one of the true masters, Jorges Luis Borges. The book is Borges at Eighty: Conversations. I first encountered the Argentinian on the built-in bookshelves of one of my English professors.…

The Dutiful Mob, Reconsidered

Cody Walker
September 2, 2014
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It’s the day after Labor Day, which means—at many college campuses, including the one where I teach—that fall classes are starting. In constructing the syllabus for my poetry workshop, I’ve leaned, as ever, on Philip Larkin. In his indispensible essay…

What About Foghat? (Part 3 of 3)

Elizabeth Breese
August 30, 2014
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Perhaps the most balletic and unexpected of these is the essay’s final leap from the best of literature (which we are able to enjoy in the solitude necessitated by illness) to the guilty pleasures of the worst, whose characters and…

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