April 26, 2018
Three-Minute Book Review: David Kirby on Terrance Hayes's American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin (Penguin, forthcoming June 2018)
(1) If this book were a dish, it’d be one from the Cajun cookbook, because “all my encounters,” says the poet, “Are existential jambalaya.” And to wash it down? A glass of punch, the colder the better. Each of these poems is titled “American Sonnets for My Past and ...
April 19, 2018
Three Minute Book Review: Paul Haney on Hanif Abdurraqib's They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us (Two Dollar Radio, 2017)
If Hanif Abdurraqib’s essay collection, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us, were a mode of transportation, it would be a train line. More specifically, it would be the L in Chicago, a city Abdurraqib frequents in sections of this book which navigates between the outer neighborhoods of ...
April 15, 2018
Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here.
WHAT IS CRAFT AND WHAT DOES IT DO, PART 3
24. Craft is an idea of craft. Which is to say both that craft is an idea and that craft is how ideas get presented as if they are not craft.
25. One can master various aspects of craft but not the whole thing. Because craft is about ownership, about who possesses it and how to possess, mastery is a conflict between owning and giving up ...
April 12, 2018
Three-Minute Book Review: Leah Miranda Hughes on Erin Adair-Hodges’ Let’s All Die Happy (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017)
Let’s All Die Happy has a frenemy in the band Rush. The speaker shows great determination in learning how to roll her jeans tightly at the bottom and saving change in a coffee can. While she practices disappearing, she also sees all manner of possibility in a road trip or a ...