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Mar 4

July 1988 : Poetry Magazine

25 Cantonese Proverbs In One Visual

Cool

Feb 6

Bone Deep: An Introduction | Prairie Schooner

My introductory essay to the latest edition of Prairie Schooner: Fusion, which I helped put together as guest editor.

Feb 6

Let This Periodic Table Of Storytelling Destroy Your Writer's Block

Feb 5

Where’s The Rage?

"Of course, if you are a member of a long-dominant elite in a powerful society like America, you can keep assuming, successfully, a knowable community as your audience—and that’s what I meant earlier by writers still able to work within nationalist assumptions. Even the Indian writer in English can still rely upon a large enough Anglophone elite to share his or her assumptions. But exchanging experiences with a whole community is not an option open—yet—to a writer from Libya or Nigeria or Pakistan, especially the writer in English. So writers from fragmented or incoherent communities find themselves, willy-nilly, addressing a global society of their peers. They are, in one sense, condemned to cosmopolitanism—their circle, to use Zadie Smith’s formulation, has expanded almost unmanageably."

Feb 2

I don’t care how shy poets are; I’m sick of their introversion being inflicted on me via their bad readings. The second you stand up in front of an audience, you owe that audience a well articulated reading–not a performance, but most certainly a presence. Of course this would affect how poetry is written as well. Eloquence and the use of good rhetorical devices instead of syntactical sloppiness and an over reliance on images might start to prevail.

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Tips for Doing a Poetry Reading

And this comes right around the time I’m starting to think about a set of challenges for Barbican Poets, with their showcase event coming up at the end of March…

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Feb 2

I don’t care how shy poets are; I’m sick of their introversion being inflicted on me via their bad readings. The second you stand up in front of an audience, you owe that audience a well articulated reading–not a performance, but most certainly a presence. Of course this would affect how poetry is written as well. Eloquence and the use of good rhetorical devices instead of syntactical sloppiness and an over reliance on images might start to prevail.

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Tips for Doing a Poetry Reading

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One of the great myths of the school system is that we tell people that everyone should learn exactly the same thing and exactly the same way, at roughly exactly the same speed. And that’s just not true. People learn in different ways, at different speeds, at different times. And so hacking your education allows you to learn what, when, how and where you want.

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Dale J. Stephens, author of Hacking Your Education and founder of UnCollege.org

via NPR

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Interview with Alvin Pang on Singaporean Poetry

ssa1207:

Q:
The question is, is Singapore poetry “cool” in the sense LKY expresses: because it takes on the West with all the latest intelligence, organisation and technology?

Alvin Pang:

Actually that is prescisely the sort of appropriation that I think our best writing resists. And it shows just how…