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  • Review: 'My Life and My Life in the Nineties' by Lyn Hejinian

    Review: 'My Life and My Life in the Nineties' by Lyn Hejinian
    There's that John Cage quote people trot out when you call a piece of art boring — “In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it's not boring at all but very interesting.” The thing no one ever points out about this is that it's not true. I had a temp job, moons and moons ago, in data entry at a giant law firm. Cage's aphorism should hang on the particleboard of corporate drudge mines everywhere, right next to Arbeit macht frei.
  • Discoveries

    Discoveries
    Illuminations Arthur Rimbaud, translated from the French by John Ashbery W.W. Norton: 165 pp., $24.95 This may be the most beautiful book in the world — lighted from within and somehow embodying all forms of literature at the same time. The 44...

    "Double Shadow: Poems" by Carl Phillips

    "Double Shadow: Poems" by Carl Phillips
    "Double Shadow: Poems" By Carl Phillips Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 58 pages, $23.00 "We're not what / either of us expected, / are we?" Carl Phillips asks in his new book, Double Shadow. It's a good question, and it's one that raises another question,...

    Nikky Finney wins National Book Award for poetry

    Nikky Finney  wins National Book Award for poetry
    A Chicago publisher was recognized during the National Book Awards ceremony as Nikky Finney won the award for poetry for her collection "Head Off & Split," which was published by Northwestern University's Triquarterly imprint. Jesmyn Ward's "Salvage the...

    Poet Jack Gilbert has died

    Poet Jack Gilbert has died
    The poet Jack Gilbert, who had been battling dementia for many years, died Tuesday in Berkeley. He was 87. Gilbert -- who was featured in Monday's L.A. Times -- had been in frail condition at a nursing home for several years before he developed...