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IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A SHAME TO LET SOME OTHER WOMAN HAVE IT: ON JOANNA NEWSOM’S DIVERS

Claire Donato

02.20.17

Claire Donato explores her own emotional, existential, and political terrain surrounding the boundary-breaking experience of Joanna Newsom’s Divers.

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Three Poems

Justin Caguiat

02.17.17

“the object had been dead / still / now animated with life / later I noticed it had my face” Three new poems from Justin Caguiat, via late winter poetry editor Aurelia Guo.

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Burning Rubber, Tearing Reality: A Review of August Smith’s The Mario Kart 64 Poems

Jayme Russell

02.16.17

In her ekphratic exploration of the classic Nintendo game Mario Kart, August Smith interweaves play with reality, player with designer, past with present. Jayme Russell reviews.

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from Confession Hour

Bogdan Petcu

02.15.17

“she didn’t give birth as many times / as to avoid having Alzheimer’s now” New poetry from Bogdan Petcu, both i the original Romanianin and in translation by Ana Prundaru.

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In Search of Duende: Trash Humpers

Nic Lawrence

02.14.17

“Beyond economic deaths, educational deaths, overdose deaths, Appalachia carries a kind of pastoral death: the cratered hillside replaced with slurry ponds and refineries; a discarded refrigerator in a flooded creek.” Nic Lawrence summons her West Virginian childhood while finding duende in Harmony Korine’s 2009 film, Trash Humpers.

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles’s “Maintenance Art”

Adam DeGraff

02.13.17

Adam DeGraff checks out the Mierle Ukeles exhibition of her “Maintenance Art” at the Queens Museum, including perhaps her most famous piece, “Touch Sanitation,” in which she visited all 8,500+ employees of the NYC Sanitation Department over a two year span to personally thank them for their work.

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From AT HARMONY RANGE FIASCO

Christina Chalmers

02.10.17

“the family unit squeezes itself thru / the sinuous warning shocks blood the / catheter 275 of 300 near to the / end of trying, Desire.” New poetry by Christina Chalmers, from late winter poetry editor Aurelia Guo.

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“I Cannot Enter Her”: On Search & Escape in the Book of Mutter

Amber Sparks

02.09.17

Amber Sparks explores the myth, maze, and memory of Kate Zambreno’s latest innovative work, The Book of Mutter.

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FIVE MAWS

Tobias Carroll

02.08.17

“And now the maws glowed, as though they contained passage to a throat burning from somewhere below. Wislawn thought that was just swell.” New fiction by Tobias Carroll.

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The Immediate Coldness and Failures of Language: A Conversation Between Thomas Moore and Grant Maierhofer

Grant Maierhofer

02.07.17

Grant Maierhofer and Thomas Moore in conversation about each of their latest books, PX138 3100-2686 User’s Manual and In Their Arms, as well as community, structure, language, loops, and more.