Archive | October, 2008

Spillage from the Riptides of Desire: Poetry Blurbs

Wine critic Robert Parker shot to fame in the early 1980s. It was said that within seconds of tasting a vintage he could identify a wine the public would love. He was not out to pay homage to tradition.

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In Memoriam: Reginald Shepherd (1963—2008)

Seeing the large, round, beaming black man coming toward me in the Casablanca restaurant in Harvard Square was a thrill—the hug was warm, fiercely close, long and so welcome. We had met at last. This was the poet I had come to admire and love from a distance and in the best way possible for […]

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The Drug of Art: David Wheatley on Ivan Blatný

Reviewed: Ivan Blatný, The Drug of Art: Selected Poems. Edited by Veronika Tuckerová. Ugly Duckling Presse, $15. When a mysterious and silent young man began delighting staff with his piano playing at a mental health unit in Kent in 2005, the numerous suggestions as to his identity included a Czech musician called Tomas Strnad. Although […]

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