Thinking about Don’t Let Me Be Lonely

•November 18, 2019 • Leave a Comment


I’ve been thinking about Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely: An American Lyric (2004) a bit for several reasons. I’ll likely teach it next semester in a course on Documentary Poetics (I haven’t taught it since 2009). I’m also giving a talk on Rankine next week.

I was looking through Nerys Williams’s Contemporary Poetry (Edinburgh UP, 2011) and was somewhat confused by the fact that Williams calls Rankine’s book Please Don’t Let Me Be Lonely. Anyone know why this is the case? Is there an alternate edition out there that I don’t know about?

Verge: Studies in Global Asias Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall 2019

•November 3, 2019 • Leave a Comment

My short essay “Curating Japanese/American Memories of World War II in Twentieth-Century Poetry” is in the new issue of Verge: Studies in Global Asias, edited by Tina Chen, Josephine Park, and We Jung Yi. It’s part of a larger feature called “Against Witness: Anti-commemorative Asian/American Poetics,” which also includes pieces by Timothy Yu, Jane Wong, Michelle N. Huang, and Steven Yao.

Color Inside the Lines: Race & Subjectivity in Contemporary American Poetry, Rutgers University

•November 1, 2019 • Leave a Comment

From So & So Magazine #9

•August 30, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Reality Beach #6

•April 22, 2019 • Leave a Comment

The latest issue of the very cool electronic journal Reality Beach is now up and running. A small excerpt of my long poem in progress “Disorientations” is included among great company.

“What I’m Reading Now…” at Tarpaulin Sky

•April 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Click here to see an annotated reading list of five recent poetry books that I find notable. My blurbs are framed with a bit of political commentary that tries to show the social and cultural relevance of contemporary poetry during these dark and confusing times. The books are Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas (Graywolf, 2017), Divya Victor’s Kith (Fence, 2017), Robin Coste Lewis’ Voyage of the Sable Venus and Other Poems (Knopf, 2015), Solmaz Sharif’s Look (Graywolf, 2016), and Caroline Bergvall’s Drift (Nightboat, 2014).

Andrew Joron’s “The Ruin of Rules: On a Potential Mash-Up of Oulipo and Surrealism”

•January 2, 2019 • Leave a Comment


Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion 11 (2018) is available as a downloadable PDF. Many thanks to Andrew Joron for his review-essay “The Ruin of Rules: On a Potential Mash-Up of Oulipo and Surrealism” (pp. 113-119) that generously considers my latest book Words on Edge (Black Square Editions, 2018).