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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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Craft Talk 5: On Appropriation (A closer look at Anders Carlson-Wee’s “How-To”)

Craft Talk 5: On Appropriation (A closer look at Anders Carlson-Wee’s “How-To”)

Last sum­mer, The Nation pub­lished a poem called “How-To,” by white poet Anders Car­l­­­son-Wee, in which the speak­er, a home­less per­son who speaks African Amer­i­can Ver­nac­u­lar Eng­lish (AAVE), which is also some­times called Black Eng­lish, gives advice on how most effec­tive­ly to beg for mon­ey on the street. The poem’s pub­li­ca­tion unleashed what The New […]

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The First Full Working Draft Is Done!

Workflow/Work Life/Life Work — 1

When I first start­ed blog­ging about 15 years ago, I had not kept a journal—something I’d done with great con­sis­ten­cy when I was younger—for a very long time. An inte­gral part of my prac­tice as a young poet, jour­nal writ­ing pro­vid­ed a place to prac­tice. I remem­ber sit­ting with a bagel and a cup of […]

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