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L’Appel du Vide: On Visual Caesuras and Erasure

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I take the five students of my poetry micro-workshop outside to discuss Claudia Emerson’s latest collection Impossible Bottle. As we sit in the sun, bending over the brilliant bright book pages, a student points to the poem “Metastasis: Web” and volunteers to read it aloud before our analysis of

When Women Writers Become Nightmares

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When we go to inspect female-presenting writers, the canon is too familiar: Emily Dickinson, Charlotte Bronte, Jane Austen. There’s no purpose in arguing this. What’s more interesting is uncovering forgotten women writers—women who wrote poetry with T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound in life, or produced movies with Alfred Hitchcock.

On and Of the Page: The Life–Art Collapse

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A few years ago at a conference, I read a section from my long poem “Sublimation” in which the speaker describes a miscarriage that, in its vicious pain and effusions, wakes her up in the middle of the night. After the reading, as I was mingling my way toward

Of All Things: The Signature

Congratulations! You’ve published a book, and people are lining up to buy it. Now begins the trickiest part of an author’s journey: signing your own book. You’ve read an excerpt, charmed the crowd. You’ve perfected the swooshy drama of your signature. Uncap your Official Signing Pen. Take a seat. Lined

“Let’s Get You an Agent”—An Agent’s How-to for Writers

So—Eric Nelson is an agent with the Susan Rabiner Literary Agency. His own blog, “How to Think Like Your Agent,” is full of quick, no-nonsense advice. Here, he lends our readers a special dose of it: how to get an agent, from an agent’s POV. Check out his words

Wonderful Investigations

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Wonderful Investigations Dan Beachy-Quick Milkweed Editions, April 2012 212 pages $20 Reading essays by poets is just plain fun. Take Dan Beachy-Quick. Author of five collections of poetry and now a second essay collection, Wonderful Investigations, he writes sentences like, “We must build a wall to find out that

Jeffrey Greene, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Jeffrey Greene is the author of a memoir and two nature books, including The Golden-Bristled Boar (forthcoming). His poetry collections include To the Left of the Worshiper, American Spirituals, and Glimpses of the Invisible World in New Haven. His next collection, Beautiful Monsters, will appear in 2010. Greene’s poem

Kelle Groom, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Kelle Groom‘s poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, The New Yorker, and Poetry. Her third poetry collection, Five Kingdoms, was published by Anhinga Press in Fall 2009. Groom’s earlier collections are Underwater City, (University Press of Florida, 2004) and Luckily, a 2006 Florida Book Award winner (Anhinga). Groom’s poem,

Emily Fragos, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Emily Fragos’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, and numerous other journals. She is the author of Little Savage (Grove Press) and a new book of poems, The Juggler’s Hands, which is forthcoming. Fragos teaches poetry at

Howard Altmann, Winter 2009-10 Contributor

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Howard Altmann‘s second book of poetry, In This House, will be published by Turtle Point Press spring 2010. He is the author of the play The Johnsons & The Thompsons, (Playscripts, 2008) and lives in New York City. An Excerpt from “In This House”: I was born in a