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It Times Take – a Turn

Sara Ahmed Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others The sentence arrests: It times take, but this work of inhabitance does take place. [p. 11] It evokes a double take because of the interference of the idiomatic “it takes time”. But if … Continue reading

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All Around Us

I cannot celebrate enough Jane Byers impeccable justesse in the endings to the poems in the Keen sequence in Acquired Community. Look at how poignant and yet defiant the ending of the last poem in the sequence, “Elegy”, is But … Continue reading

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Post Precariat

A World Without Work from The Atlantic Derek Thompson draws on Benjamin Hunnicutt. The post-work proponents acknowledge that, even in the best post-work scenarios, pride and jealousy will persevere, because reputation will always be scarce, even in an economy of … Continue reading

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Tender Comrades

Lane Reylea “Dear Radical Artist (Unforgettable You) in in Blast Counterblast ed by Anthony Elms and Steve Reinke (Toronto: Mercer Union, 2011) Flexibility, mobility, transience and dialogue — these are no longer challenges to the system, they are the very … Continue reading

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Blurb Encounters

On the back of the chapbook and framed by a double line rectangle are the following words Starting with the premise “There are two kinds of people,” Susan Holbrook drives supermarket existentialism through its own vortex and gives it a … Continue reading

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Furnished

Phil Hall in “The Chase” in Conjugation (Book Thug 2016) provides an infinitive that may mistakenly be read as an imperative. To not let poetry be furniture Which the Magic 8 folks at CBC read as a rallying cry. Less … Continue reading

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Cleaning the Unclean

Linda Pastan in the “bargaining” section of The Five Stages of Grief has a short poem with a long title “A Short History of Judaic Thought in the Twentieth Century” which begins with the description of a rabbinical decree: The … Continue reading

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States of Denial

This seems to be a call against stringent skepticism. Science can no more deny that there is something to “know” and that knowledge stands for a worth, than can religion deny that there is something to worship. from Robert Duncan, … Continue reading

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Deictic Delights

It’s a typographic joy with all its whitespace and judicious mix of fonts. Sparrow 66 Black Sparrow Press, March 1978 It features a poem by Gerard Malanga “This Will Kill That”. As with many paratextual matters, not sure if the … Continue reading

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Chained to Change

I was reading an entry at jill/txt about generations to come. “Can you imagine that the world will change?” broaches the topic of a “future deficit” and the consequences of the “broad present” [Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht. The Broad Present: Time … Continue reading

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