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Poetry pairing: “sometimes all we had was a head nod to a beat to sustain us”

The dynamic lecture Tara Betts delivered at AWP14 in Seattle, “Life is Good: How hip-hop channels duende,” is now up at Poetry. Betts beautifully weaves details from her personal life, hip-hop culture and lyrics, and quotations from Lorca on duende into a poignant affirmation on life (facing death) and the power of art. When I consider duende and hip-hop, I see … Continue reading



I write because I don’t know what to write. Every day is just another day distant from & toward another death. This is the irreconcilable that we again & again try to reconcile. Re-, the repeating of an action. re re re re re re re re re re re re & Every time I visit my … Continue reading


Ways of…

Last week, I blogged a bit about AWP and included some quotations that were important to me on certain panels. Today I was delighted to discover that The Rumpus has collected and published in full the essays presented by David Biespiel, Rigoberto González, Lia Purpura, and Wendy Willis during the Fate of the Writer: Shuttling between … Continue reading