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Po-Chop: Kathleen Graber: The Telephone

Po-Chop: Kathleen Graber: The Telephone

  … once I fell in love with a beautiful voice passing through the wire. I remember the drop of it, a man talking about something he’d read, turning to a page with an audible rustle & breath, whispering, Listen. These are the lines that haunt. It’s not that the skin has no function, only that the tongue can play […]

Injecting Dreams into Cows by Jessy Randall

Injecting Dreams into Cows by Jessy Randall

Jessy Randall’s Injecting Dreams into Cows attempts to dismantle quibbles by critics who claim they are unable to engage with new poetry. Randall’s intent becomes clear in “The Nonexistent Orchard.” The poem opens with an epigraph from the New York Times Book Review which paints leading critic Helen Vendler as out of touch and disinterested in contemporary poetics: “Today Vendler seldom […]

Po-Chop: Lidija Dimkovska: National Soul

Po-Chop: Lidija Dimkovska: National Soul

And we look for the Macedonian soul among the number-plates on God’s East-West highway in cardboard boxes labeled ‘Do not open! Genes!’ loaded on the backs of the transparent dead. But one cannot rely on the dead. The dead are illegal immigrants, their swollen organs penetrating other peoples’ lands . . . Lidija Dimkovska’s collection of poems pH Neutral History (Copper […]

Comic: The Nudist of Bath

Comic: The Nudist of Bath

An Interview with Poet & Artist Bianca Stone

An Interview with Poet & Artist Bianca Stone

It’s just what Stein was talking about: letting images (just as words) go where they want. It’s about allowing imagination into your process.   Bianca Stone is the author of several poetry chapbooks, including I Want To Open The Mouth God Gave You Beautiful Mutant (Factory Hollow Press) and I Saw The Devil With HIs Needlework (Argos Books). She is also illustrator of Antigonick, a collaboration with Anne Carson (New Directions). Her […]

Po-Chop: Eleni Sikelianos: Experiments with Minutes

Po-Chop: Eleni Sikelianos: Experiments with Minutes

“a piece of radish spit into the sink with the toothpaste, its purple shred & white / flesh rattle around the mind, a bit of life”   These lines appear in the long sequence, “Experiments with Minutes,” from Eleni Sikelianos’ sixth book, Body Clock (Coffee House Press 2008). The lines radiate from the page because of their sound and existential […]

Scientific Materialism and Poetics: An Interview with Eleni Sikelianos

Scientific Materialism and Poetics: An Interview with Eleni Sikelianos

I think maybe I’m an animist at heart. I know I’m an animal, and am part of a lineage of animals. I tend to see commonality and exchange between species and beyond (say, rocks and bones) rather than demarcations.   “Language is simply alive, like an organism… Words are the cells of language, moving the great body, on legs. Language […]

“Two Puffy Afros Going Down the Road”: On Lucille Clifton’s Influence

“Two Puffy Afros Going Down the Road”: On Lucille Clifton’s Influence

Nowadays when I think back to how Lucille and I were with each other, I think that she was in many ways my poetry mama.                 EDITOR’S NOTE: One morning in May 2012, tweets from Afaa Michael Weaver lit up my screen:   “Lucille Clifton taught me—in the psychic space of literary influence—the […]

A Letter to Lucille Clifton

A Letter to Lucille Clifton

Delivered at “Won’t You Celebrate with Me?” a memorial for Lucille Clifton at the Enoch Pratt Main Library in Baltimore, Maryland. June 14, 2012 ____________________________________ May 21, 2012 Somerville, Massachusetts Dear Lucille,   In case you’re wondering why I’m taking the time to write a letter to you that I plan to read in public, let me explain by asking […]

An Interview with Sarah Maclay

An Interview with Sarah Maclay

 We’re living in a moment that is not so much definitively regional or strictly hierarchic as it is kaleidoscopic.   Sarah Maclay is a poet, critic, and teacher. She lives in Los Angeles, but draws experience from a life spanning the United States and Europe. She has written three books of poetry, is working on a fourth, collaborative book, and […]

Po-Chop: Philip Larkin: Poem XXVI from The North Ship

Po-Chop: Philip Larkin: Poem XXVI from The North Ship

“This is the first thing / I have understood: / Time is the echo of an axe / Within a wood.”   In this poem, Philip Larkin appeals to the reader’s sense of sound and rhythm to craft an illustration of time that is simple, elegant, and chilling. Like the echoing axe, we don’t see time at work; yet it steadily and incessantly […]

D. A. Powell’s Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys

D. A. Powell’s Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys

The reader feels like a delighted child, listening to a filthy nursery rhyme written by a master of the English language . . .   In his Philosophical Investigations, Wittgenstein made it clear that his goal was not to provide a practical guide through philosophy, but rather to “travel over a wide field of thought criss-cross in every direction.” In […]


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