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P. Inman’s Written: 1976–2013 by Ian Dreiblatt
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Inman is a realist of language’s tendency to become material: his poems exemplify the ways in which writing both preserves and interrupts language, and how it fluctuates in an ambivalent space between being a record of vanished speech and one of language’s living forms.

Christine and Margaret Wertheim by Marianne Shaneen
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Christine Wertheim’s recently released book mUtter-bAbel is gorgeously hyperbolic, a primordial pataphysics of text and drawings that explores relationships between babies, mothers, language, and “ugly archaic feelings and their troubling social effects.”

Dodie Bellamy by David Buuck
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The author of Cunt Norton and the forthcoming TV Sutras on how to mess with the poetry canon.

Clark Coolidge’s A Book Beginning What and Ending Away by Wendy Lotterman
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Twenty chapters of poetry compose Clark Coolidge’s Gesamtkunstwerk, the division between each a shoddy dam allowing themes to spill back and forth—geology, Zukofsky, Dalí. 

Rae Armantrout by Ben Lerner
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Pulitzer Prize–winner Rae Armantrout on her new book of poetry, Money Shot, and its dealings with value—in life, porn, and capitalism—through an email exchange with poet Ben Lerner.

The Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945–85 by Mac Wellman
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Kevin Killian and David Brazil have done a great service in their new Kenning Anthology of Poets Theater 1945–85. The selection is wide-ranging, eclectic, and generally highly intelligent. 

Imprecation by Dawn Marie Knopf
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Feedback startles each paying customer. The mic, we find, is too close
to the speaker. The blacktop whispers on & on Come lay it down. Says,

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