The Love Song of the Square Root of Minus One (i) by Richard Siken

I am the wind and the wind is invisible, all the leaves tremble but I am invisible, blackbird over the dark field but I am invisible, what fills the balloon and what it moves through, knot without rope, bloom without flower, galloping without the horse, the spirit of the thing without the thing, location withoutContinue reading “The Love Song of the Square Root of Minus One (i) by Richard Siken”

Hands Washing Water by Chris Abani

Even in the falling a train breaks for the light. The tunnel, the darkness – never sweeter. This body is not real. Yet living. This living body. There is a child. The blessed coolness of water. And hands by Chris Abani This is the title poem from his new book published by Copper Canyon Press.


From Art MoCo: Designing textiles and wallpapers under the Lulu DK brand, Lulu de Kwiatkowski released an eponymous book last year that is a compilation of her collages. A reflection of a life of travel and exploration, de Kwiatkowski's artwork is colourful, layered and textured. This monograph of heft is a blend of journal, artContinue reading “Eponymous”

Pictures from an Exhibition

An exhibit of work by Stan Vanderbeek is up at Guild & Greyshkul in NYC. Here, Marisa Olsen (Rhizome) introduces Vanderbeek to the uninitiated (I include myself): Stan VanDerBeek (1927-1984) shares with artists like Josef Albers, Aldous Huxley, John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, and Buckminster Fuller the legacy of having developed their practice at Black MountainContinue reading “Pictures from an Exhibition”

Because Poem by Lisa Jarnot

I've thought about Lisa Jarnot's political poetry often during the Bush years. Check out the "Because Poem" posted this week on Poetry Politic.  She writes addresses the white-collar atrocity with unmatched bravery.  This week PoetryPolitic shares her "Because Poem" with us. It is a must-read poem (or must-hear–audio version is provided as well) for theContinue reading “Because Poem by Lisa Jarnot”