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FIRE ISLAND

FIRE ISLAND

O’Hara’s death has become something of an urban legend...

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George Reiner on Christian Hawkey

George Reiner on Christian Hawkey

sift developed from a translation of the Moroccan philosopher Abdessalam Benabdelali...

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Ken Taylor: game on

Ken Taylor: game on

hockey pucks are frozen prior to each game...

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Swallowed Dolphins

Swallowed Dolphins

Are the dolphins somehow a metaphor for our condition as humans, believing that we are free so long as we remain oblivious to the restrictions within which we operate?

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Eamonn Wall on Philip Casey

Eamonn Wall on Philip Casey

Philip was a great friend of mine. I loved him like a brother and miss him dearly. My collection of his work is not only a personal treasure...

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Douglas Penick on Pierre-Albert Jourdan

Douglas Penick on Pierre-Albert Jourdan

I never knew Pierre-Albert Jourdan, but he was the first person ever to publish my work...

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Amy Lowell visits the Poetry Bookshop

Amy Lowell visits the Poetry Bookshop

I well remember the first time I went to the Poetry Bookshop. It was in July, 1913...

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Bringing Memories

Bringing Memories

Claude McKay offered in Harlem Shadows a genuinely new sensibility in African American and Black Caribbean arts...

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ID

ID

Whatever my own hesitations, I usually end up challenging the idea that there are things we must not write about, for fear of giving offense...

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Thus Saith the Rhino

Thus Saith the Rhino

‘And’ is superfluous, omissible. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the regulated couplets of Tang poetry...

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Baudelaire’s Flowers

Baudelaire’s Flowers

Paris wasn’t then what it is now...

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“Play that thing, Jazz band!”

“Play that thing, Jazz band!”

To experience a version of the cool exhilaration of a mid-twentieth-century American jazz night, one might start by listening to an iconic Miles Davis recording...

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Now to be Humorous

Now to be Humorous

I don’t catch Phillis Wheatley’s joke at first...

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Hoof, Wing, Paw

Hoof, Wing, Paw

I’ve always loved Jim Harrison’s poetry—so full of itself, so direct and hungry and angered and awed...

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George Reiner on Mira Mattar

George Reiner on Mira Mattar

Affiliation is a geography of bleeding boundaries and abrupt junctures...

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Elizabeth Bishop’s Proliferal Style by Angus Cleghorn

Elizabeth Bishop’s Proliferal Style by Angus Cleghorn

Bishop’s persona is part she-moose, part bus; part warrior-fish, part oily vessel; part pastoral idyll, and part atomic bomb...

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Douglas Penick: archie period

Douglas Penick: archie period

thank you for apple peelings in the wastepaper basket...

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Timelessnesses

Timelessnesses

Inside St Mary’s Church in Gdańsk stands a Clock of Everything. At fourteen metres, it was the tallest clock ever built when Hans Düringer completed it in 1470...

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