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April 8 :: T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land”

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April 7 :: Etheridge Knight’s “The Idea of Ancestry”

Somebody on Facebook asked for suggestions for poems about place and ancestry and immediately this one popped into my head.  I like many of Etheridge Knight’s poems, especially “Hard Rock Returns from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane” and “A Wasp … Continue reading

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April 6 :: Ernest Thayer’s “Casey At the Bat”

Baseball.  Ah, it’s back.  Yesterday was the official Opening Day (despite two games earlier in Japan between the A’s and the Mariners).  Today is the Twins first game of the season, against the mighty Orioles of Baltimore.  Tomorrow, I am … Continue reading

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April 5 :: Louis Simpson’s “American Poetry”

A lot has been made / is still being made about the function of poetry.  American poetry, particularly, is a passion of mine and so I am continually attempting to define and redefine what exactly “American” poetry is.  Firstly, I … Continue reading

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April 4 :: Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s “Daddy, We Called You”

I hit my first AWP Conference this year in Chicago.  It was quite a trip.  I saw some old Chicago friends and met a few new ones.  I walked up Wabash in the beating, slushy rain.  I ruminate all around … Continue reading

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April 3 :: Lorine Niedecker’s “Poet’s Work”

As anybody who knows me knows: I am a cheerleader for the Midwest.   While I believe that regional and civic pride can dangerously turn into nationalist tendencies, I am guilty of contradicting myself and give the MW a big … Continue reading

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April 2 :: Philip Levine’s “What Work Is”

Last year, Malik Abdul Jabbar, Nabina Das, and I ran a tear up the Jersey turnpike to Madison, NJ, to catch Philip Levine read at Drew University.  Edward Hirsch “opened” for Levine, one of Malik’s favorite poets (maybe the favorite). … Continue reading

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