Essays and Comment

  • Linda Ashok: Letter from India: Worshiping the Stone Manasa

    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 the Naxalbari Movement. Called Naxalbari after the place in West Bengal where the revolt was first began in 1967, this movement was an armed

    Issue #64 November 2016
  • Lawrence Raab: POETRY AND STUPIDITY

    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 that of poetry. I can’t recall when I first read this, but I remember thinking it was true. Also funny.

    Issue #63 October 2016
  • Robert Archambeau: The Barbarian Invasion of Poetry (Hurrah!)

    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. The fall was not sudden—it took place over the course of the last seventy years or so, and even before

    Issue #62 September 2016