Life is hard, death is distant. Let’s multiply this by two and make it simpler.
you break off a piece of delicious biscotti / yeah. that would be a lot more realistic / after all you’re so interested in realism
“Your second mouth is celestially gentle.” / I say nothing. I’m Angela Merkel.
I see students, fire / /people marching, fire / trembling, feeling, blind / invincible and kind, fire
He’s still on top: / spinning out his dialectic / pillorying the fascists / demanding that his books also be burned on the square
Poetry after Brodsky
What these poets have in common is a desire to address contemporary Russian realities, and to occupy, through the medium of poetry, a position that has been both the glory and the curse of Russian poetry for the past two hundred years. That is, to be something more than poets.
there are places in which the mind thrives like plankton, where jobs / are easy to come by & every apartment overlooks the park
March 31, 2016
a long silent pause hung over the leftist poets
March 29, 2016
While the next level’s loading, try to relax. Listen to the Internationale.
December 11, 2015
James Dickey is interested in visiting the USSR but as of yet has not been able to find the time.
November 30, 2015
A sonic youth grows old
Born in 1972 (or, as the back cover of his new book of poems puts it, “during the Nixon administration”), Michael Robbins experienced, growing up, a tremendous run of good luck. It didn’t have much to do with his immediate environment.
October 23, 2015
Arvind Krishna Mehrotra and literary activism
In this business of recollecting the world before the free market, before globalization, voluntary memory misleads, and the flicker of involuntary memory throws up, as ever, an array of fragments and sensations, but doesn’t, in itself, instruct us in the ethics of the vanished order, an ethics we have critiqued but whose proximity we no longer sense. So it is almost impossible now to remember—as it was impossible then to predict the fall of the Berlin Wall and the advent of President Obama—that poetry was the literary genre to which the greatest prestige accrued until the mid-’80s.
October 2, 2015
I would like to begin by saying / how sorry I am / about what happened to Nancy Kerrigan
June 26, 2015
Bots are OK. Some of my best friends are bots. I tend to say What’s up, bots, when I greet them—I like to be old-fashioned.
April 30, 2015
On Ariana Reines
She stands at the center of her work not as a self but as a kind of cardiac impatience, as a vessel for materials bound elsewhere.
September 19, 2014
A Brief History of “American Poetry”
Divorced from all profound political engagement, the defiance of convention once associated with the avant-garde becomes itself conventional, the most efficient means of bidding up one’s price in a culture market made up of like-minded individualists
September 5, 2014
Look at me, your television host,/ and understand once and for all that peace is impossible.
October 25, 2013
To play within the system is to play by its rules; you could choose, also, to walk away, and that’s what Medvedev did.
October 4, 2013
omit as many vapid passages as possible/ abbreviate, use acronyms
September 13, 2013
any idiot/ is not such an idiot/ but when it is to his benefit*/ then he’s an idiot*
June 6, 2013
This month’s episode of the n+1 podcast features an interview with Moira Weigel on “Sadomodernism” in the films of Michael Haneke and Lars von Trier, a profile of Russian poet-activist Kirill Medvedev, and a conversation with Associate Editor Dayna Tortorici on second-wave feminist Shulamith Firestone.
February 8, 2013
I love contemporary art/ I love contemporary art too/ I love you/ I love you too
January 3, 2013
I think/ this scene/ struck me more than any other,/ even more than the wild rabbits/ I later saw in the center/ of berlin
December 21, 2012
just a little bit more about literature:/ I’ve always been really interested/ in a particular type of poet/ it’s a pretty…
April 2, 2012
“Capitalism is outlawed!”