Monthly Archives: April, 2013

On Grad School and Hair Camisoles

Damn school all to hell. Really. This month alone I missed the Pulitzers; Poem in Your Pocket Day, which loyal Like Fire readers (probably the only ones left) will know is a stone favorite of mine, and in fact all of Poetry Month; the opening of the DPLA—a uniquely contemporary combination of digitally, untetheredly global […]

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Sunday Links, April 28, 2013

The Prix Aurora Award ballot has been announced for work done in 2012 by Canadians. I get unreasonably annoyed that nominated books aren’t available here in the United States. Try to find Thunder Road by Chadwick Ginther, for instance, and Amazon offers you Bruce Springsteen. Not that I don’t love me some Bruce, but this […]

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Poetry Friday: “Pleasures” by Denise Levertov

Walking to the subway one recent morning, I saw a torn bit of plastic lying in the gutter: a common sign, found in any hardware store, made for routine use. This one had a jet-black background from which angry orange letters glared. It originally commanded “NO PARKING,” but all that remained (of insubstantial plastic) was […]

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Sunday Links, April 21, 2013

The longlist for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award for 2013 has been announced. I could happily spend the rest of the year just reading books on that list. The shortlist for the Commonwealth Book Prize for 2013 has been announced. This prize is awarded for works written in five geographic regions: Africa, Asia, […]

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Poetry Friday: “Breakage” by Mary Oliver

Mourning the loss of Krystle, Lingzi, Martin, Sean ____________________ The week opened here with two bombs exploding and closed with the arduous pursuit of those responsible. The weight of our grief is incalculable. At the boundaries of life and death, and overwhelmed by brokenness, it is tempting to say that words fail. But that is […]

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Moment of Zen: Tax Day

(1) Lawrence A. Zelenak, a professor of law at Duke University, is the author of Learning to Love Form 1040: Two Cheers for the Return-Based Mass Income Tax, in which he bravely describes the origins, history, and current complexity of the federal income tax. He also offers philosophical reasons and practical suggestions for changing the […]

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Poetry Friday: “April” by Alicia Ostriker

Disembarking from a subway car one recent evening, I was engulfed by a chattering bunch of middle schoolers (all of eleven or twelve years old) returning from a soccer game. Bunched together, we climbed the steps to the station and I dutifully followed the pair of pink-socked legs that appeared at my eye level. How […]

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Pocket Review: Artist Animal by Steve Baker

Artist|Animal Steve Baker University of Minnesota Press, 2013 Whenever I would mention reading Steve Baker’s Artist|Animal, a series of interviews and essays about the use of animals in contemporary art, the response would be—almost to a person—“Oh, Damien Hirst.” Certainly that’s the first name that came to mind when I initially read the publisher’s blurb. […]

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Sunday Links, April 7, 2013

The British Science Fiction Award winners have been announced. The winning novel, Jack Glass: The Story of a Murderer by Adam Roberts, only became available in the United States on April 1, 2013, so grab it and its winning cover art now. The Philip K. Dick Award winners have been announced. As it happens, Lost […]

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Poetry Friday: “Spring” by Edna St. Vincent Millay

I’d been encouraged, during the past week or so, by seeing more and more crocus flowers during my trips through town. The brave green leaves have been up for almost two weeks now, but the petals are a lovely new addition to the landscape — purple, yellow, white. Daffodils, too, and jonquils — though I’ve […]

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