From the Archive: An Interview with Ginsberg
Thanks to Ron Silliman for sending us here. Ginsberg talks about the return of the Beats and censorship of his generation. All while wearing one hell of a sweater. Watch it HERE.
“Lyric Conceptualism indulges in the excess of language while appreciating the clean lines of the minimal. Lyric Conceptualism does not confuse clarity with simplicity. Lyric Conceptualism rejects naïve notions of truth and beauty. Lyric Conceptualism is not simply expressionism. Lyric Conceptualism does not accept that content does not matter and still appreciates the way that...
Joshua Marie Wilkinson Interview
Joshua Marie Wilkinson, you know, the force behind The Volta, was interviewed by Barbara Claire Freeman: The Volta is an idea I’ve unsuccessfully tried to sell my friends on for a few years, actually. Finally, I had a bit of time over the winter holiday last year and Sara Renee Marshall and I started to talk about a place—a conglomerate site (Julie Carr jokingly called it a “universe” last...
New Issue of The Brooklyn Rail
It’s one of the best “critical perspectives on arts, politics, and culture” out there. Featured poets this time around include Matvei Yankelevich and Kevin Varrone, valiantly representing the end of the alphabet. And don’t forget to check out Lee Ann Brown and Besty Fagin. Check it out
Nate Pritts Interview
Nate Pritts interviewed over atBomb “For me, the self isn’t some kind of fixed construct. Certainly there are aspects of my identity that have become intrinsic to it—some deeply held beliefs, some traits that last—but in general I think of the process of writing poetry as a way of constructing the self, of bringing it into existence. I’m not notating or describing a set area, the way...
"Why Write?": Anselm Berrigan
“I write to have a practice I can continue and alter, and the question of how to change keeps getting raised as a result.” Read the whole piece at Green Mountains Review.
Matvei Yankelevich's Alpha Donut
“Mandelstam’s ghost, the doomsday clock cigarette that burns throughout the book, cities & friends, drinks & readings…ALPHA DONUT’s poems are so prepossessing exactly because they’re so restless where affinity is concerned.” -A beautiful endorsement from Dana Ward Get this wonderful book by an excellent poet and indefatigable friend to the small...
April in the Great State of Colorado
Folks in the Queen City of the Plains get to benefit from an action-packed April. Check out Coldfront’s mention of a recent translation panel and our infamous local reading series, The Bad Shadow Affair. Next week, University of Colorado’s English Language Notes, in partnership with Counterpath, will host “The Shape of the I: A National Conference on Subjectivity” with...
Squawk Back Wants Your Weirdest
And they publish weekly. Visit them, writers. Read their accruing strangeness at The Squawk Back. And then submit.
MEDIUM: Ander Monson
He’ll read to to you in a Tigger suit if you visit The Volta’s MEDIUM today.
FRIDAY FEATURE: Q & A with Alexis Orgera
We asked Alexis some questions about her first book, how like foreign objects. Stop by The Volta’s FRIDAY FEATURE to read her answers.
PANK'S Friday Five
Click on over to PANK so they can suggest more fruitful clicking this Friday.
Fuck You! Now In PDF
Need I say more?
An Interview with Noah Eli Gordon
“No matter what I’m working on, an essay, a poem, a review, there’s this space of uber-thought I have to still my mind enough to curdle into, and it always feels the same, regardless of the scope of the work at hand. I think the real difference with The Source was in the physicality of it, that it was something I also did with my body, walking to the library, moving through the stacks,...
Funny Lady: Sommer Browning
“But I didn’t realize I was funny; I probably just realized that a few weeks ago. But I did realize that I could have an impact on the world around me through something I did spontaneously—a kind of rudimentary existential awareness.” An interview with the indomitable Sommer Browning at the Best American Poetry Blog. Her answers are beautiful and hilarious, deadly honest and...
Julie Carr: "Consensual Poetry" and Judith...
Our excellent contributing editor, Julie Carr, shares more poetic insight at Harriet, this time a “manifesto” on what she calls “consensual poetry.” “Consensual Poetry is a poetry that is written “with” the senses. No matter how grand or smart the idea behind the work may be, this work is still involved with the ear and eye, with rhythm as a bodily sport, with the...
On Peter Gizzi and "Natural Experiments"
“His admitted program is to limn a poetic ghost world whose contours are meaningfully sensed by the poet but can be only partially transmitted to the reader. The poet is a translator of “phantom” poems dimly perceived and melancholically curated: “I find myself left to develop the ruins of what did not come through,” Gizzi explains.” A piece on experimentation and Peter...
Succulent Lushness: Andy Linkner on Eric Baus’s...
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