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Prageeta Sharma and James Thomas Stevens
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On a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art, two poets grapple with questions of performed authenticity and settler poetics, while analyzing depictions of the American West.

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Cloves by Harmony Holiday
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On resisting parasitic invasions—from the poisons in our soil, to toxic masculinity in the psyche.

An Artist’s Guide to Herbs: Psilocybin by Harmony Holiday
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The poetics of the microdose.

Getting Out of the Western Box: Dennis Tedlock’s The Olson Codex by Ammiel Alcalay
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Paying homage to poet Charles Olson’s “special view” of the Yucatán.

Conversation Smudging: Sophie Seita on Translating Uljana Wolf by Zoe Brezsny
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“The book can draw in different audiences without catering to them. There’s a kind of rigorous hospitality, an aperture for dialogue.”

Sound Over Sense by Marjorie Welish
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Syntactical adventure and rolling ruminations in Clark Coolidge: Selected Poems 1962–1985

Tókȟaȟ’an: To Lose, to Suffer Loss, to Be Gone by Gillie Collins
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Wordplay as dissent in Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas

Projectile Poetry by Zoë Hitzig
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War, worship, and capital in Danniel Schoonebeek’s Trébuchet

How to Suffer Well by Charlotte Lieberman
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On Max Ritvo’s Four Reincarnations

Solmaz Sharif’s Look by Rebekah Weikel
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How might one delineate “damage” given the wider effects of war on society and its citizenry? Solmaz Sharif’s debut book of poems inquires through a powerful collection of verse that integrates the Defense Dictionary lexicon.

John Wieners’s Supplication: Selected Poems and Stars Seen in Person: Selected Journals by Patrick James Dunagan
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The newly published journals match and exceed all preexisting Wieners publications. 

The Total System by Andrew Durbin
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On John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

Alice Notley by Robert Dewhurst

Notley’s body of work consists of over thirty-five collections of poetry and prose. To consider her oeuvre, in her interlocutor’s words, is to court “cerebral and sensory overload.”

Tonya Foster & John Keene
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Foster and Keene discuss the strategies for black resistance in their respective new books—the poetry volume A Swarm of Bees in High Court and Counternarratives, a collection of short fictions.

Craft Talk Nobody Asked For by Justin Taylor
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One of my favorite books of short fiction from the last few years is Sam Lipsyte’s The Fun Parts. I often assign stories from it in my workshops and have been waiting for an opportunity to teach the whole collection. 

Robert Grenier and Paul Stephens
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CAMBRIDGE M’ASS, originally published by Lyn Hejinian’s Tuumba Press in 1979, marked Robert Grenier’s shift to visual poetry. Celebrating its recent reprint, Paul Stephens talks with him about the oversize poster-poem, where poetry is both map and maze.

Little Wings by Tobias Carroll
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“Lil Wayne explains a blade of grass.”

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.

Claudia Rankine by ​Lauren Berlant​
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I met Claudia Rankine in a parking lot after a reading, where I said crazy fan things like, “I think we see the same thing.”

Paper Clip #72 by Ryan Sheldon
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Paper Clip is a weekly compilation of online articles, artifacts and other—old, new, and sometimes BOMB-related.

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