Category: Essays

David Koehn: Catullus 32 Matching Quiz

Catullus 32: Match the year of publication on the left with the version on the right In the following listing the publication dates are mismatched with their versions. Can you arrange them properly? What number 1-32 in the right column…

Robert Creeley: “The Girl Next Door”

What follows is a transcription of the first 53 minutes of a trio of informal talks on Emily Dickinson given by Robert Creeley at New College, San Francisco in the fall of 1985 and recorded by David Levi Strauss. The…

Poetry and Translation: Wong Yoo-Chong

One 一 Trading in “Cosmic Opulence” for “One?” My grandfather did just that by dropping the name given to him by his father in favor of “Emulating One,” the name he composed for himself, when he snipped off his braided…

David Koehn: On Arthur Sze’s Syzygy

The following essay is an extension of a review of Arthur Sze’s book Quipu, originally published in American Letters and Commentary. “Even without understanding intricate details of a theory, the fact that it has supersymmetry built in allows us to…

Jed Rasula: “Heeding the Heedless Sublime”

This talk was originally delivered as part of the panel titled “Environmental Dreamscapes and the Heedless Sublime” at the 2013 Conference on Eco-poetics at U.C. Berkeley. Other participants were Nathan Brown, Evelyn Reilly, and Brian Teare.

New York Lit Scene: CUNY Chapfest

Chapbooks value the personal over the commercial and the hand-made over the mass-produced. They are the material outcroppings of immaterial friendships, exchanges, and performances, the byproducts of a widely-dispersed but tightly-knit community of writers and artists for whom collaboration and…