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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Robert Glück’s ‘Communal Nude’

Some of Robert Glück’s essays came my way in the 1980s via such publications as Poetics Journal.

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Squaring the Circle

by Elizabeth T. Gray Jr on July 23, 2016

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John Peck is the author of ten volumes of poetry, a psychoanalyst, translator of Euripides and C. G. Jung’s The Red Book, a poet under-appreciated by or unfamiliar to most, yet long and deeply admired by a cadre of serious poets and critics on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Post image for Comics that Bend and Borrow from Reality

Sean Karemaker dispenses with the rigid panel grids and other conventions that most people commonly associate with comics for The Ghosts We Know from Conundrum Press.

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Post image for A History of Photography in Which the Camera Is Absent

Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s 1826 or ’27 view from his window in France is the earliest known photograph taken with a camera, but it wasn’t even his first photograph.

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Post image for Reader’s Diary: Kevin Young’s ‘Jelly Roll’

So many poets out there.

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Post image for Knowing Better: Brian Blanchfield’s Essay Collection ‘Proxies’

The 25 essays in Brian Blanchfield’s Proxies are erudite and intensely personal, deftly traversing the distance between the intellectual and the corporeal, between the meditative and the resolute.

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Post image for A Compendium of Tiny Architecture, from Humorous to Humanitarian

Skyscrapers in Dubai, Zaha Hadid-designed stadiums, and Damien Hirst’s private accommodations are impressive for their sheer size, but bigger isn’t always better.

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Post image for Learning Little from John Cage’s Letters

Some of us didn’t need letters from him, because he trusted us to do what we did without requiring his instruction or encouragement.

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Post image for The History of Life-Sized, Fully Dissectible “Anatomical Venuses”

In the 18th century, medical students and the general public learned about the insides of the human body through a tool that to 21st-century eyes likely appears shocking or offensive.

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Post image for Photographs of the Birds and Bones in US National Park Collections

When a wayward tufted titmouse slammed against photographer Leah Sobsey’s window, the bird’s tiny corpse suddenly recalled all the natural specimens that had captivated her as a child at Chicago’s Field Museum.

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