Amish Trivedi: Confessions of a Contest Junkie
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 you. You already know how you justify your fix. You know how you feed your high. And yet, you cling to your degeneracy, denying it is a problem. Your enablers
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
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.
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