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In the NYT "His True Vocation"- one thot- you write "Ashbery's notoriously difficult and idiosyncratic work" add "ridiculously, unread, offputting, minor, created by critics, and finally ....I don';t know- who really reads A's work w pleasure? you and Ms Roffman have been scammed excerpt DAVE'S MANIFESTO (written and revised (many times) beginning 2014)

I find in most current American poetry: no mystery, no magic- no music! I like poetry that is surprising- there is very little surprise in poetry these days.
Emily D , with her wry sense of humor, does not speak of Helen of Troy, but “Helen of Colorado”; her hummingbird is a startling “route of emanescense”; she wants poetry that will make your hair stand on end!
A character in Mcnurtry’s “Lonesome Dove” would say our poetry’s got no “sand”, no “grit.” Do we want “normal” poetry? Poetry “as usual”? I have never thought of that as poetry?
Read Rimbaud’s “Bateau Ivre” or the sainted Emily? Our poetry lacks electricity…charge- it’s sly. I like “charged” poetry.

Everybody is (me included) seems to be saying “Look at me, look at me.”- taking literary “selfies”- writing a poem about him or herself as if taking his or her photo by holding up a camera at arms length on a stick.
It is good that poetry is accessible to so many. But that has led to everybody and his/her cousin as a poet. To find the good poem is like trying to eat one fish from a school. Somewhere in the early 2000’s there arrived via internet web sites like “A Poem a Day” and the “Writers’ Almanac” (Garrison Keillor’s tin hear for poetry despite his beautiful story telling and voice (he doesn’t know what real poetry is) and daily offerings from the Poetry Foundation (Poetry Magazine). It seems the American style is to make poetry a business, and some of these venues do this because they have a lot of money or are trying to raise it.
Having to find a new poet every day- offers up loads of execrable crap, stuff from collegians, state poet laureates, mostly, as I have said above- mostly prose. Emily D is turning over in her grave at this desecration- truly defamatory of the rare and beautiful art of poetry.

Prose
So much poetry today is really prose- poets cut lines off a la William Carlos Williams or Ezra Pound- without thos poets sense of rhythm.Just try running lines of much modern poetry together and see if it makes any difference. There’s too little music; by music I mean a propulsive beat as in a musical piece. Wm Carlos Williams started a movement in American poetry when he wrote his poem:
“So much depends/ upon the red wheelbarrow/glazed with rainwater/beside the white chickens”
He, following Ezra Pound, did not have the measured music of iambic pentameter but he did end lines using the rhythm of natural speech- where we pause, usually at the commas or drawing of a breath as we recite.
Many persons have tried to copy him without ending the lines so effectively- and many now, seem to have no sense of where a line should end.
If you are going to chop lines off w***y nilly, trying to follow the pauses of natural speech- I hope you have something to say! Williams made a the point out of describing a wheelbarrow or a plum-that is saying that an objct of little consequence and just sitting there in the rain is important- since he was the first- this was refreshing- THEN! The living (as of this writing) poet Gary Snyder does it well.
An example of cut off lines that succeed:

Poem of the Day: The Rain
BY ROBERT CREELEY
All night the sound had
come back again,
and again falls
this quiet, persistent rain.

What am I to myself
that must be remembered,
insisted upon
so often? Is it

that never the ease,
even the hardness,
of rain falling
will have for me
or,

Plum petals falling
Cherry still hard buds
Drinking wine
In the garden
The landlady comes out in the twilight
And beats a rug.

EXAMPLE of a prosy pome:
Poem of the Day: Poetic Subjects
(HIDE NAMES) BY REBECCA LINDENBERG
The sky. And the sky above that. The exchange of ice between mouths. Other people's poems

My friend says we never write about anything we can get to the bottom of. For him, this
is a place arbored with locust trees. For me, it's a language for which I haven't quite
found the language yet.

The dewy smell of a new-cut pear. Bacon chowder flecked with thyme. Roasted duck
skin ashine with plum jam. Scorpion peppers.

Conduit is a biannual literary journal that is at once direct, playful, inventive, irreverent, and darkly beautiful. Despite common sense and the laws of economics, Conduit has been thwarting good taste, progress, and consensus for over twenty years.

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04/29/2022

Behold the Thunderbird Inn! Collin Callahan’s quixotic juggernaut won the fourth annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize and is now available for pre-order at https://www.conduit.org/shop/thunderbird-inn

04/06/2022

BREAKING NEWS: On the first day of the fourth month in the year 2022, the fifth annual MARYSTINA SANTIESTEVAN FIRST BOOK PRIZE opened for submissions. Please alert your fellow literary citizens and give us your best shot. Prize includes $1,500 and publication. For further details please visit https://www.conduit.org/books.

02/24/2022

The mothership has landed! Rachel Abramowitz's amazing debut The Birthday of the Dead is here and prepared to save your life.

Check it out: https://conduit.org/shop/the-birthday-of-the-dead

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01/31/2022

We are pleased to announce the winner of the fourth annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize is Collin Callahan from Tallahassee, Florida for his manuscript Thunderbird Inn.

Thanks to all who submitted. It was our honor and privilege.

Congratulations, Collin!

01/07/2022

BREAKING NEWS: We'll announce the winner of the 2021 Minds on Fire Open Book Prize by month's end. Stay tuned.

10/28/2021

The deadline approaches, but there's still time to enter the Minds on Fire Open Book Prize. You got this. https://conduit.org/book-prizes

White Whale Bookstore 10/14/2021

White Whale Bookstore

Breaking News: Tonight our very own Esther Lee will read with Gary Jackson and Yona Harvey. White Whale Books will host this virtual reading. Please tune in for some life-saving poetry.
https://whitewhalebookstore.com/events

White Whale Bookstore Conversation, community, and culture. Pittsburgh's family-owned, general interest independent bookstore. Check out our online store, literary events, and writing workshops.

Verse Daily: "The World to Come" by David Keplinger 10/01/2021

Verse Daily: "The World to Come" by David Keplinger

Let David Keplinger put a little pep in your step:

http://www.versedaily.org/2021/theworldtocome.shtml

Congratulations, David! Thank you, Verse Daily!

Verse Daily: "The World to Come" by David Keplinger Verse Daily, a quality online web anthology of poetry. A poem a day, along with our complete archives, and poem selections from the web.

The World to Come: An Interview with David Keplinger 09/15/2021

The World to Come: An Interview with David Keplinger

Check out this great interview with David Keplinger, winner of the 2020 Minds on Fire Open Book Prize. Thanks to Amy Wright and Rain Taxi.

The World to Come: An Interview with David Keplinger by Amy Wright With the coronavirus vaccine rollout underway, it feels inevitable to read David Keplinger’s seventh collection of poetry, The World to Come

09/14/2021

The ever-amazing David Keplinger is interviewed by the Library of Congress. Check him out. He's better than breakfast in bed. https://youtu.be/FYNqvh7zAkU

09/08/2021

The Fourth Annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize is accepting submissions and will close on October 31, 2021. https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

"Astronomy" by David Keplinger 08/20/2021

"Astronomy" by David Keplinger

It's casual Friday, so treat yourself to a little bit of the universe. Congratulations, David Keplinger. Thank you, Verse Daily. "Astronomy" can be found in THE WORLD TO COME.

"Astronomy" by David Keplinger Verse Daily, a quality online web anthology of poetry. A poem a day, along with our complete archives, and poem selections from the web.

08/03/2021

Our fourth annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize is on. Like mom used to say, you can't win if you don't try. For details please visit our website: https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

07/26/2021

The Fourth Annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize opens August 1, 2021. Give us your best shot. https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

"The Dying Man" by Jennifer Moss 07/15/2021

"The Dying Man" by Jennifer Moss

Jennifer Moss rocks the house with her "The Dying Man." Congratulations, Jennifer. Thank you, Verse Daily!

"The Dying Man" by Jennifer Moss Verse Daily, a quality online web anthology of poetry. A poem a day, along with our complete archives, and poem selections from the web.

"How to Predict the Future" by Rick Bursky 07/14/2021

"How to Predict the Future" by Rick Bursky

Thank you. May I have another?

Congratulations, Rick!

"How to Predict the Future" by Rick Bursky Verse Daily, a quality online web anthology of poetry. A poem a day, along with our complete archives, and poem selections from the web.

07/03/2021

Time is running out, but you got this. Our first book prize remains open for a few more days. Deadline: July 5, 2021. Prize: $1,500 and publication: https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

'The World to Come' by David Keplinger: The Beautiful in the Broken – ZYZZYVA 06/24/2021

'The World to Come' by David Keplinger: The Beautiful in the Broken – ZYZZYVA

Check out this fine review of THE WORLD TO COME. Thank you, Ray Levy Uyeda and Zyzzyva. Congrats, David.

'The World to Come' by David Keplinger: The Beautiful in the Broken – ZYZZYVA As if we have all understood and accepted that everything in the world has resonance, that our lives have begun many times over, and that the land and its

"Subtraction" by Suphil Lee Park 06/18/2021

"Subtraction" by Suphil Lee Park

Hello, World. Please treat yourself to this amazing poem by Suphil Lee Park,.; It can be found in her prize-winning book PRESENT TENSE COMPLEX and in the rocking journal QUARTERLY WEST. Congrats, Suphil. Thank you, Poetry Daily.

"Subtraction" by Suphil Lee Park from Quarterly West

Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize—$1,500 and Publication | NewPages.com 06/11/2021

Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize—$1,500 and Publication | NewPages.com

Give the people what they want.

Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize—$1,500 and Publication | NewPages.com Conduit Books and Ephemera is accepting submissions for its 2021 Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize through July 5.

06/07/2021

The Final Countdown: Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize. Please send us that rocking manuscript you've been working on, the one that saved you from a pandemic and an insurrection. Give the people want they need.

Deadline July 5, 2021. Grand prize $1,500 and publication.
https://conduit.org/book-prizes

"Playing the Telephone Game" by Esther Lee 06/06/2021

"Playing the Telephone Game" by Esther Lee

Hello, world. Check out Esther Lee's poem from Sacrificial Metal on Poetry Daily. https://poems.com/poem/playing-the-telephone-game/

"Playing the Telephone Game" by Esther Lee from "Sacrificial Metal" published by Conduit

06/02/2021

Our first book award now sports a whopping $1,500 cash prize: https://www.newpages.com/classifieds

That Was Then: The New Time of Memoir in Meg Shevenock’s The Miraculous, Sometimes - Tupelo Quarterly 05/06/2021

That Was Then: The New Time of Memoir in Meg Shevenock’s The Miraculous, Sometimes - Tupelo Quarterly

A poignant review of The Miraculous, Sometimes. Thanks to Robin Clarke and Tupelo Quarterly.

That Was Then: The New Time of Memoir in Meg Shevenock’s The Miraculous, Sometimes - Tupelo Quarterly Author’s note: Meg Shevenock is a friend of the reviewer. What does it mean to tell the story of one’s abuse as an uninterrupted act of creation? It means, in Meg Shevenock’s The Miraculous, Sometimes, to infuse memoir with a new kind of narrative time. We are familiar with the temporal struct...

04/29/2021

In the Winners Circle: Esther Lee! Congratulations! Thank you, Florida Book Awards!
http://www.floridabookawards.org

04/27/2021

For the second year in a row our first book prize winner was named a finalist for the MIPA Debut Poetry Award! THE MIRACULOUS, SOMETIMES more than deserves the attention. Congratulations, Meg!

04/09/2021

It's alive! https://www.conduit.org/issue31

04/06/2021

BREAKING NEWS: Conduit #31, Alone Together, boasts 8% more poetry than ever before. Economists are saying Americans can't afford to miss this opportunity. https://www.conduit.org/magazine

04/01/2021

Dream Big: Our Fourth Annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize Is Now Open and Features a Bigger, Better Cash Prize. See Website for Details: https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

04/01/2021

Dream Big: Our Fourth Annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize Is Now Open. See website for details: https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

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Conduit #31 has arrived! Many people are saying it rocks.

03/24/2021

Hallelujah! Holy Smokes! Right on! Esther Lee's Sacrificial Metal has won the bronze medal in the 2020 Florida Book Awards Poetry category. Congratulations, Esther!
https://www.conduit.org/shop/sacrificial-metal-by-esther-lee

03/23/2021

We're thrilled to have poems by James Tate and Craig Morgan Teicher, which first appeared in our Sweet Mobile Home issue (#29, in this year's BAP. Thanks to the James Tate Estate, Craig Morgan Teicher, Paisley Rekdal, and David Lehman!

03/19/2021

THE WORLD TO COME, the winner of the third annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize is now available for your pleasure: https://www.conduit.org/shop/the-world-to-come

Congratulations, David!

"No one writes prose poems like David Keplinger. He is one of a kind. Sui generis. But what does it mean? For me, it means that his imagination walks hand in hand with his sentences' music. He has an amazing sense of subtext—what is unsaid, in these pages, is perhaps even more important than what is said. He is a poet who takes the likes of Cortázar, Calvino, and company and makes them waltz, not because he borrows from them but because he extends the conversation, brings it into our moment. Sui generis, indeed."

—Ilya Kaminsky

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