Archive | November, 2004

The Lost Children of America


in the dusty malarial lanes

of Cuttack where years have slowly lost their secrets

they wander

in these lanes nicked by intrigue and rain

and the unseen hands of gods

in front of a garish temple of the simian Hanuman

along river banks splattered with excreta and dung

in the crowded market square among rotting tomatoes

fish-scales and the moist warm odour of bananas and piss

passing by the big-breasted, hard-eyed young whores

who frequent the empty space behind the local cinema

by the Town Hall where corrupt politicians still

go on delivering their pre-election speeches

and on the high road above the town’s burning-ground

from which gluttonous tan smoke floats up

in the breeze, smacking of scorched marrow and doubt.… continue reading... “The Lost Children of America”

Posted in April 2004: Indian Poetry in English, Featured, PoemComments (0)

The Education of the Audience

Stray Thoughts from a Failed Experiment

As Reviewed By: J. S. Renau


I should begin by saying that, concerning the education of the poet, the special focus for this issue of CPR, I am deeply conflicted.… continue reading... “The Education of the Audience”

Posted in Featured, November 2004: the Business of PoetryComments (0)

Three Things to Forget About Contemporary Poetry

As Reviewed By: Marc Pietrzykowski

I. Forget About Marketing

F. T. Marinetti’s publication of the Futurist Manifesto in Le Figaro on Feb. 20, 1909, managed to shock its readers by melding a traditional form-the individual or collaborative statement of disputation against an orthodoxy-with the language of Revolution, or, as it was later called, Marketing:

“Look at us!

continue reading... “Three Things to Forget About Contemporary Poetry”

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What’s Your MFA Program Like?

An Unscientific Survey of MFA Graduates

As Interviewed By: Joan Houlihan

Brown University, University of Iowa, early to mid-90’s

1. What did you learn in your MFA studies that has advanced your development as a poet-and that you believe you couldn’t have gotten elsewhere?continue reading... “What’s Your MFA Program Like?”

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No Poet Left Behind

As Reviewed By: Joan Houlihan

In the dark age of poetry, the pre-MFA era, when poets were untethered to a clear identity, often unhinged, and wandering loose in a society inimical to their aims, they were forced to brood in out-of-the-way cafés and corners, bringing forth from their painful rubbings against society’s strictures their secret image-pearls without benefit of community or support of other pearl-producers.… continue reading... “No Poet Left Behind”

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American Poetry Watchdogs: Garrick Davis on Foetry

An Interview with the Editors of Foetry

Conducted by: Garrick Davis

Interviewer’s Note: This year, a new website was launched in the National Poetry Month of April-not to publish poetry or fiction, but to examine the ethics of the poetry world.… continue reading... “American Poetry Watchdogs: Garrick Davis on Foetry”

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