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A Short Rant about the Demands of Contemporary Poetry

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Original status update: I am sick of poems in which the white space says more than the spilled ink David Kellogg I don’t know Ian Swords Mayville Down with haiku Sam Witt I like poems with some substance. There’s a downright conspiracy against that, unless you have a name. And it pisses me off. Luke S H Wright Isn’t that …

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Reconnaissance Poetry: An Avant-Garde Mandate

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“Reconnaissance Poetry”: An Avant-Garde Mandate by Sam Witt “Picasso said once that he who created a thing is forced to make it ugly. In the effort to create the intensity and the struggle to create this intensity, the result always produces a certain ugliness, those who follow can make of this thing a beautiful thing …

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Poet Everett Hoagland at the Fresh Ink Festival of Writers

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The following are some pretty loose notes I recorded while listening to an amazing poet deliver the keynote address at the Fresh Ink Writers Conference at Naugatuck Valley Community College. Everett Hoagland is a wonderful, visionary poet of witness and a very good guy, a true supporter and advocate for poetry and justice in the …

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Notes from Debra Di Blasi’s Skin of the Sun Talk at MIT

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Below you will find some notes scribbled down while I listened to a superbly intriguing and strange talk/reading the wondrous Debra Di Blasi gave at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for their Purple Blurb Reading Series, which highlights innovative and digital writing. You can find more about the series and this particular event here: http://nickm.com/if/purple_blurb/. My …

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Introduction to Brian Turner Reading at Framingham State University

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Below is the introduction to a reading Brian Turner gave at Framingham State University. The introduction was written, but never delivered, so I thought I would include it here. Brian Turner Reading at Framingham State University Wednesday, April 3, 2013 Introduction written by Sam Witt It’s my privilege to introduce to you a remarkable presence …

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Announcement of a new Anthology on the Cyborg Lyric from Jaded Ibis Press

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Dear Poets and Readers of Poetry: Please consider the solicitation for poems on the subject of the Cyborg Lyric and the Ecological Implications therein. The submission period for this anthology starts right away; proposed publication date is 2014. All are welcome to submit, especially poets and writers from diverse backgrounds. We are also planning to …

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Review of Bootleg Copy by Laurynas Ketkus

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I am pasting into this blog a review of Bootleg Copy: Selected Poems by the Lithuanian poet Laurynas Katkus. This review is in the current issue of Pleiades 33.1, Spring 2013, and can be read about and ordered here: http://www.ucmo.edu/pleiades/current_issue/ Bootleg Copy: Selected Poems, by Laurynas Katkus, Translated from the Lithuanian by Kerry Shawn Keys, …

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Brooklyn Rail Interview with Jaded Ibis Press

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I am posting the entirety of a fascinating Brooklyn Rail interview with Debra Di Blasi, publisher of Jaded Ibis Press, and Sam Witt (yours truly), Poetry Editor of Jaded Ibis Press. If you would prefer to go to the site itself, please hit this link.   Jaded Ibis Press holds an odd shaped, polished and …

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The Portals of Discovery–A Manifesto on Writing

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The Portals of Discovery: A Manifesto on Writing “Bosch!” said Stephen rudely, “the man of genius makes no mistakes. His mistakes are volitional. They are the portals of discovery.” -James Joyce, Ulysses What is a poem? A poem is a portal into the physical world. Just like the birth canal you dropped through into the …

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