What We Stand On: 3 Progressive Platform Planks (as of Sept. 18, 2016), by Andrew DuBois

What We Stand On: 3 Progressive Platform Planks (as of Sept. 18, 2016) 1. Abortion Must Stay Legal This is non-negotiable. “Women have a right to…

Charles Olson and Finding One’s Place, by Joe Safdie – A lecture given at the Gloucester Writers’ Center June 1, 2016

“I’m a cosmopolitan,” said my friend Jerry Rothenberg, when I told him the title of this lecture; “I’m not sure I want to find my place.” I remember…

Charles, Frances, Ralph, and me, by Sharon Thesen

The recent fracas that followed an audience “question” about how Black Mountain College could call itself progressive when it was patriarchal,…

Truth is that which flees, poetry is never where you look for it, by Eric Gelsinger

Against my own intentions, I wrote you all something. Depending on your reading habits, it may prove long for an email in spite of its fundamentally…

Maud / Olson & Me, by André Spears

In anticipation of the “official launch” of the Maud / Olson Library in Gloucester in the late spring of 2016, I’ve been asked by friends in and…

Robert Creeley’s Anger, by Michael Boughn

Robert Creeley's anger final

Olson and Melancholy, by Donald Wellman

When I was a boy, I held a melancholy conception of poetry. In my neighborhood, most verse was found on tombstones. I’d walk the main road of my…

Of Etho-, Ethno- and Eco-poetics, by Tyrone Williams

The following piece was delivered as a talk on May 25, 2010 at Ecopoetical Futures: A Panel with Marcella Durand,  Brenda Iijima, Ted Mathys…

No Avant-Garde: Notes toward a Left Front of the Arts, by Kent Johnson

1.   I want to start in reiterative way, quoting a substantial extract from something that appeared almost exactly ten years back. I believe the…