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On Literary Relics

Rare book collectors devote whole lives to finding and preserving books by authors they love, though the books alone may not be enough to satisfy them entirely. Those who pursue first editions are an uncommon breed, arriving in any number

Essays and Comment: Chard deNi…

  SWIMMING IN THE DROWNED RIVER OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETRY   As a poet, essayist, and interviewer for the past twenty five years, I have struggled with a compound question that too few of my colleagues have felt emboldened, for

Essays and Comment: Anthony Ma…

A Gallery of Rhymes from Palgrave’s Golden Treasury, Book I     1 Spring, the sweet Spring, is the year’s pleasant king; Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring, Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do

Essays and Comment: Michael An…

When Buffalo Became Buffalo   There are several issues embedded in my title, I suppose, not only when Buffalo, the private University (after 1962 the State University of New York at Buffalo), became Buffalo but how and why Buffalo became

Essays and Comment: Ernest Hil…

The Muse and the Auctioneer’s Gavel: Learning About Poetry from First Editions   For a decade and a half I have worked more or less contentedly as a rare book dealer, roughly half the number of years I’ve devoted to

Essays and Comment: Amish Triv…

Confessions of a Contest Junkie   —Amish Trivedi     If you have any vice or addiction in your life – and we all have something – you probably already know that what you are hooked on is bad for

Essays and Comment

Letter from India: Worshipping the Stone Manasa I remember my father at 21, being hounded by the police for his supposed involvement in India’s most fearsome uprising against class inequality and peasant insubordination, known as

Essays and Comment

Lawrence Raab: “POETRY AND STUPIDITY” 1. OBSCURITY One of the shortest and most provocative pieces in Paul Valéry’s “A Poet’s Notebook” reads in its entirety: STUPIDITY AND POETRY. There are subtle relations between these two categories. The category of stupidity and

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The Barbarian Invasion of Poetry (Hurrah!)   And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians? They were, those people, a kind of solution. —C.P. Cavafy   This just in: the Empire of Poetry has fallen to the barbarians.

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Readers: Welcome to Plume Issue # 62—   September: and—           Beyond Grief and Grievance The poetry of 9/11 and its aftermath— Philip Metres   It was my second week as a newly-minted professor in the Midwest, September