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As a poet and essay­ist, my work is root­ed in the impact fem­i­nism has had on my life as a man, par­tic­u­lar­ly as a sur­vivor of child­hood sex­u­al vio­lence. As a lit­er­ary co-trans­la­tor, I write about the rel­e­vance of clas­si­cal Per­sian poet­ry to our con­tem­po­rary lives.

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Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 2

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 2

This is from an essay called “Here Today,” in Hay­den Carruth’s Efflu­ences from the Sacred Caves. In my ear­ly years as a poet, I learned more about craft from read­ing this book than almost any­where else: “[W]hen poems gain in flu­en­cy and intel­li­gi­bil­i­ty, and hence in mean­ing, from being print­ed as prose, it is because […]

Craft Talk 3: Figuring Out Why a Poem Doesn’t Work For Me

Craft Talk 3: Figuring Out Why a Poem Doesn’t Work For Me

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 1

Prepping This Semester’s Poetry Workshop — 1

So I’m read­ing The Pen­guin Anthol­o­gy of Twen­ti­eth Cen­tu­ry Poet­ry, edit­ed by Rita Dove, in prepa­ra­tion for the poet­ry work­shop I’ll be teach­ing this semes­ter, and four very dif­fer­ent poems, almost all in a row, by four very dif­fer­ent poets, took my breath away: “Pow­er,” by Audre Lorde, “The Pre­dic­tion,” by Mark Strand, “A Stone […]

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