As I’m a sucker for a good story that involves a bunch of meditative walking—from W.G. Sebald to Rousseau to Ben Lerner to Teju Cole, just to name a few—anybody taking on the moniker flaneur immediately piques my interest. Hence why I’m keeping up a series of other flaneurs over at PANK, including this delightful one from […]
Given somewhat of a renewed interest in poetry (thanks to reading Lerner and Sebald), I happily signed up to celebrate National Poetry Month (who knew? It’s apparently the cruelest month) and receive a free copy of the April issue of Poetry Magazine.
Apropos to my recent review of Ben Lerner’s excellent novel Leaving the Atocha Station, John Deming responds to a screed against poetry by Alexandra Petri: You claim poetry isn’t “vital.” I will try to explain. A sponge and dish soap are vital to me because they make change in the kitchen. To me, at least, […]
I watched the poet Richard Blanco’s inaugural reading with an additional layer of skepticism. His poem, One Today, which opens with plain verve (“One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores”) dissolved in the moment. Obama had just roused the crowd with progressive promises, and while his speech was not filled with detailed […]