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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