in the dusty malarial lanes
of Cuttack where years have slowly lost their secrets
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...
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...
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!
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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...
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...
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...