> From Daniel Borzutzky’s poem “Shithole Song #1106”
they hide our passports in the shithole beyond our shithole
they organize our hunger into units of betrayal in the shithole
soon our shithole will be exported into a less shitty shithole in the prettiest shithole
of all the shitholes in texas georgia florida nebraska illinois new york shithole
we are the prettiest shit in the shithole
we are a people of hope and we sing and sing
we sing as they shit into the shithole
we sing as they shock us in the shithole
we sing as they lend us money to rent back our bodies in the shithole . . .
From Lucie Brock-Broido's poem "Presidentus Interruptus"
-– 19 January 2017
Perhaps he is composing the customary, courtly letter, by tradition
To be left in the top drawer of the Oval Office desk
To the President-Elect.
God-speed, it says,
> From Lezama Lima's "Maria Zambrano," translated by Roberto Tejada:
Maria is for me now
already a sibyl
we approach tenuously
believing that we could hear the center of the Earth
and the heavenly firmament
beyond the visible sky.
To enliven her, observe her nearing like a cloud
is to drink a glass of wine
and to plummet in its dregs
She can still bid farewell
with Araceli in her arms
but she returns always like fearful light.
> From Oren Izenberg’s essay “The Poetry Genome Project: A Dream”:
“Let us dream . . . of a Poetry Genome Project. Really, you don’t have to, because others have already done some preliminary dreaming for us. In the boom days of the early 2000s, the web development team of the newly established Poetry Foundation . . . was on the hunt for ways to spend its money that would fulfill its mission ”to raise poetry to a more visible and influential position in our culture . . . . One task that seemed particularly urgent was to facilitate access to an immense online catalogue of more than 10,000 poems to which it had exclusive copyright. . . . The Poetry Foundation’s web development team hatched a proposal for what it called “Project Calliope”:
The Poem Recommendation Engine (Project Calliope) Is a tool/web application that offers poem recommendations to site visitors at poertryfoundation.org. At its most basic level, the tool will identify poems that are similar in subject matter, historical context, structure, theme, voice, and tone based on an established set of criteria. It will use mathematical calculations to determine which poems adhere in the online archive.
Issues 11 and 12 can be purchased together for $25.00 beginning January 1, 2020.
No 12 Contents
Curiouser and Curiouser Realities
Mei-mei Berssnbrugge (6)
Leslie Dill, Color-Plates (41)
Toward and Beyond Asperity
Douglas Kearney (83)
4. Prose Essays and Reviews
Oren Izenberg on the Poetry Genome (169)
Bonnie Costello (227)
Andrew Zawacki and Anne Portugal, poems, prose by Portugal (250)
5. Roberto Tejada
6. Poems on the Outskirts of Language, Slithy Toves
John Wilkinson (315)
7. Assorted Poems
Lucie Brock-Broido (356)
8. Georg Lukács, Excerpt from an early book on Aesthetic Theory (404)