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Graffiti and Grammar

Graffiti and Grammar

Dear Diary: While wait­ing for the next shut­tle from Times Square to Grand Cen­tral, I notice an ad for an inter­na­tion­al bank. The bill­board shows a Joe Six-Pack type on his reclin­er in front of the tele­vi­sion, can of beer in hand, but...

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Ya’alili by 8th Day

My moth­er sent me the link to this music video by 8th Day. The music is great, but what made me smile the most was the lit­tle boy in peyos and a sweat­shirt with a Bat­man patch bop­ping to the beat. I also real­ly appre­ci­ate the mix­ing of...

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 […]