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Simon Calder: Contemplating AWP

Simon Calder: Contemplating AWP

As one in a sea of some twelve-thousand writers, able to attend perhaps fifteen of five-hundred-plus panels, presentations, readings and receptions, the Berfrois correspondent was highly aware of the need to acknowledge his smallness...

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The Body As a Vehicle Traversing Circumstance by Janice Lee

The Body As a Vehicle Traversing Circumstance by Janice Lee

This morning I am thinking about how intimacy often manifests itself through absence. That is, I learned more about the similarities I shared with my mother after she died...

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Night Was the Worst

Night Was the Worst

That violación. Not enough pages in the world to describe what it did to me. The whole planet could be my inkstand and it still wouldn’t be enough.

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Real Friends #2 by Elias Tezapsidis and Anthony Strain

Real Friends #2 by Elias Tezapsidis and Anthony Strain

We were talking about fame as push/pull mechanism, I think? Sometimes waiting to be famous seems like waiting to be diagnosed with a terminal illness.

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Keith Doubt on School Shooters

Keith Doubt on School Shooters

What then does it mean that school shooters are mostly young white boys? Subconsciously and consciously for some, school shooters exemplify white privilege.

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Byronic Women

Byronic Women

The title of Miranda Seymour’s vastly enjoyable new book is misleading. It suggests that Byron’s wife and daughter tumbled about in the slipstream of a volcanic genius.

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Scrolling

Scrolling

If writing brings with it the notion of scribbling, scribere, tearing, with one’s hand, digital writing perhaps opens the possibility that it is our fingers (digits) that are doing the feeling, walking, seeing, whilst opening...

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Joe Linker: Read Surfing

Joe Linker: Read Surfing

What is it about the predicament of digital writing and reading that has so many literary provocateurs abuzz? “Mies van der Rohe said, ‘The least is the most.’..

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It is a Melancholy Conversation that hath no sound…

It is a Melancholy Conversation that hath no sound…

It is said, That Silence a great virtue: It is true, in a Sick person’s chamber, that loves no noise; or at the dead time of night; or at lunchtimes that natural rest

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The Literature of Cold by Eric D. Lehman

The Literature of Cold by Eric D. Lehman

Many years ago, influenced and inspired by several years of reading Arctic and Antarctic literature, I took a January hike in the northern mountains.

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The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia by Virginia Woolf

The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia by Virginia Woolf

If it is true that there are books written to escape from the present moment, and its meanness and its sordidity...

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Rime of the Algae Gatherer by Jessica Sequeira

Rime of the Algae Gatherer by Jessica Sequeira

In his Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Coleridge describes a ‘rotting sea’ full of ‘slimy things.’ What is a slimy thing?

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Eric D. Lehman on Edmund Gosse

Eric D. Lehman on Edmund Gosse

Edmund Gosse’s Father and Son: A Study of Two Temperaments was anonymously published in 1907 and faced immediate backlash in England due to its apparent criticism of Victorian morality.

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‘I was happy living on my own’

‘I was happy living on my own’

The apartment was a dive. There was no way to defrost the freezer. It was just a solid block of ice. When you opened the door, it was like looking out a small window after an avalanche.

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The Art of Fiction by Willa Cather

The Art of Fiction by Willa Cather

One is sometimes asked about the "obstacles" that confront young writers who are trying to do good work...

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Illegal Literature

Illegal Literature

It was by happy coincidence that my review copy of David S. Roh’s Illegal Literature arrived in my mailbox the day I started sending out permission requests for reuse of material for a forthcoming manuscript.

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Michael J. Seidlinger: An Incomplete List

Michael J. Seidlinger: An Incomplete List

The walking, always the walking, worse when with the wonderful people that opened their lives to me for the day, day and a half, before I returned to the road...

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Up to Heaven All Alone

Up to Heaven All Alone

It was 1995, the year Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” was released, the end of my eighth-grade year, in rural Kentucky where homophobia was—and continues to be—rampant. My secret boyfriend and I—the one I had kissed in darkened classrooms

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Power and New York’s Forgotten Waterfronts

Power and New York’s Forgotten Waterfronts

In Jennifer Egan’s The Keep, a former New York club promoter boasts a sixth sense for authority: “Danny could walk in a room and know who had power the way some people know from the feel of the air that it’s going to snow.”

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In November, we hear death’s footsteps..

In November, we hear death’s footsteps..

We have a little bit more time. It’s one of the last days of the month, and the clouds have come and so the rain will come and then the snow will come.

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