In a blog post at Jacket2, Al Filreis talks about his obsession with John Ashbery’s “Some Trees” and uses a passage from my book Beautiful Enemies to support the hypothesis that the poem is actually a love poem for Frank O’Hara.
My review of Something Understood: Essays and Poetry for Helen Vendler, edited by Stephen Burt and Nick Halpern, has recently been published in the current issue of Modern Philology (February 2013). Here’s a link, although I believe you need an academic library subscription to access it, alas:
After years of resisting taking the plunge, I just created a Twitter account. If anyone’s interested, it’s @AndrewEpstein3. I’m not sure if I’m going to use it much, but am hoping to offer occasional thoughts and links about poetry and poetics, literature, academia, music, art, and other things that interest me. Or at least find a new way of wasting time on the web.
It’s a big book, filled with great stuff, including chapters by Charles Bernstein, R.M. Berry, Brian McHale, N. Katherine Hayles, Tyrus Miller, Ben Lee, Amy Elias. My piece is “Found Poetry, ‘Uncreative Writing,’ and the Art of Appropriation,” and it discusses the history of appropriation, sampling, borrowing, and other such practices in literature and the arts, before turning to contemporary developments like the Conceptual poetry of Kenneth Goldsmith and the movement known as Flarf.
My essay on Wallace Stevens and Francis Ponge, “‘The Rhapsody of Things as They Are’: Stevens, Francis Ponge, and the Impossible Everyday,” has just been published in The Wallace Stevens Journal 36.1 (Spring 2012). It’s part of an exciting special issue devoted to “Stevens and the Everyday,” which features essays by Siobhan Phillips, Charles Altieri, and others.
My essay grows out of the work I’m doing for my next book, Attention Equals Life:The Pursuit of the Everyday in Contemporary Poetry and Culture.