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What is a Public Apology?

Insofar as contrition is an act involving an injurer-agent and a being injured—insofar as it recognizes that wrongs are particular …

Four Questions of Value

It happens that modes of thinking completely alien to art-making—‘business’ and ‘professionalism’—are gaining ever-increasing purchase in literary magazines. While it …

Meeting Nelly Sachs

Walking the various neighborhoods of Seattle two years ago, I discovered Open Books, a marvelous little dragon’s cave of all-poetry. First thing …

Misunderstanding Poetry

I took the AP Literature examination near the end of my junior year in high school. From what I recall, …

Some Game-Poem Aesthetics

Recumbent, bent over my lower back, coffee of the weakest sort made with the last beans. Sunday. And now, editing, …

Money & Mouths

Our good friends at Berfrois have quite a lively Twitter feed, and it’s there we chanced to meet Will Self’s recent …

Yezzi’s Bitter Fool

When did our pleasures become so wan and modest, and so breezily proffered? David Yezzi’s  article appeared in the New …

Postscript: My Seamus Heaney

Several weeks before Seamus Heaney’s death, I made a visit to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to see …

My Seamus Heaney

The artist’s mind is in tune with the abyss, lost in ambition, ever driving deeper—wrestling with noises and the spectra …

My Seamus Heaney

This time last year, I heard Seamus Heaney read from his oeuvre at London’s Southbank Centre. After that hour, I …

My Seamus Heaney

Up, black, striped and demasked like the chasuble At a funeral mass, the skunk’s tail Paraded the skunk. Night after …

Seamus Minen

Mine is sapling-young. Mine is sourced from the gravity of others—indirect as the sun from car window to concrete. I …

My Seamus Heaney

[In honor of Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), SHARKPACK offers short reflections on our favorite passages by the Irishman. —Ed.]  When all the others …

Organon Next: ‘The Quickest Sand’

This question stemmed from a tweet by Boston’s Spece: “Politics, confessionalism, identity poetics—refuse. Literary merit. That is all. #iupampo #w00t” Celebratory …

“Immeasurable Goals”

In the writings of Italo Calvino we find the following: Overambitious projects may be objectionable in many fields, but not …