Friday Notebook 03.18.2011


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 20, 2011 at 2:13 pm .

    I love that story, Bob. My only landlady (in Vancouver, when I was in grad school) was a very British wisp of a woman with bright gray hair and watery blue eyes. Her name was Marie. We lived in her basement, and she let us sublet the place for the summer between my two years in the program, even though the renter was a biology student who kept a collection of large spiders. We both were quiet

  2. Bob King
    Bob King March 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm .

    Wow, Joe, I didn't know about those last poems of Shapiro's. That's a damn and damned shame!Here's my Karl anecdote. I was at Iowa when he came (talk about a fish out of water or one out of the frying pan!) to give a talk. "Bourgeois Poet" had just come out and I was delighted in be in the same room. That night there was a party at Mark Strand's and people who couldn

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 18, 2011 at 10:48 pm .

    Hey, Anon! I met Nemerov but never Shapiro. I enjoy reading Shapiro more, but Nemerov rewards the sometime slog through cleverness his poems require. Shapiro appeals to my taste for rough-around-the-edges stuff, I guess….

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm .

    I forgot to mention that <i>Stone Girl E-Pic</i> is by Ed Baker. Geeesh!

  5. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison March 18, 2011 at 10:44 pm .

    I can&#39;t say I&#39;ve followed the Eigner issue, Conrad, but it seeped into my awareness somehow. It seems that Fama is apply vispo concepts and that these do align with Eigner&#39;s practice—so it&#39;s not an issue of crappy typesetting, but an aesthetic misjudgment. It&#39;s funny that a small publisher like Leafe Press could solve the problem for <a href="

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 18, 2011 at 5:06 pm .

    Karl Shapiro the Shapiro&#39;s from Baltimore… <br />lots of Shapiro&#39;s also moved into D.C.<br /><br />Karl, when I was at Hopkins (1971-72) used to frequently drop in mostly as / via being friends with<br />Eliott Coleman<br /> he&#39;d &quot;sit in&quot; on a seminar or do a reading or just hang-out in one of the office…<br /><br />once I came into Eliott&

  7. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato March 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm .

    Joseph,<br /><br />thanks for the introduction to Karl Shapiro (to be added to my reading list) Not a bad idea that for prefaces by Ovid scholar and the ghost of Henry Miller: &amp; if I had a choice, I&#39;d go with Miller anytime!<br /><br />I see the ghost of departed friends/relatives starting to find their way into your own personal &quot;ache/of being&quot;. It&#39;s the price the poet pays

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