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An Interview with Rikki Ducornet

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David Naimon
Writing is a mysterious process. Things have a way of percolating before they pounce, sometimes for a long time.
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The Poet as Wounded Citizen

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Tony Hoagland
Poets must continue to live close to the wound, and poems to speak from the edge of what the culture at large is unwilling to know.
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Virginia Woolf’s Capture of Consciousness

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Martha Cooley
Significantly, Woolf’s innovations with craft and form weren’t detached from her inquiries into gender, particularly its relation to military and economic power.
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An Interview with Charles Harper Webb

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Laurel Ann Bogen
My students assume that difficult poets are bad writers. What really flips these students out is when I reveal that the poet isn’t trying to be clear, or to “make sense” in the usual way.
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The Contemporary American Novella & Its (Dis)contents

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John Keene
...the novella’s comparatively concentrated scope and focus are such that it does not attempt to encompass as much of the world as most novels do.
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Strange Meetings: The Problems of Poetry, Representation, & War

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Paisley Rekdal
Owen perhaps trusted poems to render a more expansive reflection of the world than any camera lens could, which, as the critic Roland Barthes wrote, is finally and practically attached to the real.
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Applying the Techniques of Modern Magical Realism

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Boak Ferris
Magic, in a narrative, entertains; buy it or refuse it. The characters experience it, but the persona may or may not believe, while the marveling audience must deliberate and decide.
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