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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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"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

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

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

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!

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!

04/06/2021

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

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

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

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

Photos from Conduit Magazine's post 03/30/2021

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

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!

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

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

03/10/2021

PRESENT TENSE COMPLEX, the winner of our third annual first book prize, is now available at https://www.conduit.org/shop/present-tense-complex.

Hurray for Suphil Lee Park!

"The poems in this fearless debut, which entangle themes of identity, family, gender, and landscape, are gorgeous, elliptical, and delightfully strange. “Her softening grip of reality. / As if capsized, hull forced into the cold / current, she was out of the blue beautiful. // No more cranes akimbo in the midst of poems / now barren of flowers as hardcore porn. // Still you keep an eye out for the foreshadowing / of their white wings against the floral gore.” Suphil Lee Park's transmissions are equal parts lush and violent. Present Tense Complex bridges the beautiful and the grotesque to access a new view of human loneliness."
—Claudia Rankine

PRESENT TENSE COMPLEX, the winner of our third annual first book prize, is now available at https://www.conduit.org/shop/present-tense-complex.

Hurray for Suphil Lee Park!

"The poems in this fearless debut, which entangle themes of identity, family, gender, and landscape, are gorgeous, elliptical, and delightfully strange. “Her softening grip of reality. / As if capsized, hull forced into the cold / current, she was out of the blue beautiful. // No more cranes akimbo in the midst of poems / now barren of flowers as hardcore porn. // Still you keep an eye out for the foreshadowing / of their white wings against the floral gore.” Suphil Lee Park's transmissions are equal parts lush and violent. Present Tense Complex bridges the beautiful and the grotesque to access a new view of human loneliness."
—Claudia Rankine

02/25/2021

Have you visited the Conduit's audio library? We recommend treating yourself to a little poetry today. Our newest acquisition features Kate Lindroos reading her two poems from our UNDERGROUND issue. https://conduit.org/audio

Have you visited the Conduit's audio library? We recommend treating yourself to a little poetry today. Our newest acquisition features Kate Lindroos reading her two poems from our UNDERGROUND issue. https://conduit.org/audio

02/14/2021

Hey, lovers, check out the new James Tate website, https://jamestate.net. It features many of his recorded readings, so snuggle up and enjoy the wide expanses of this one-of-kind poet's virtuosity and imagination.

Hey, lovers, check out the new James Tate website, https://jamestate.net. It features many of his recorded readings, so snuggle up and enjoy the wide expanses of this one-of-kind poet's virtuosity and imagination.

02/02/2021

Our first six books including two forthcoming beauties. Woohoo!

Our first six books including two forthcoming beauties. Woohoo!

01/15/2021

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the third annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize is David Keplinger of Washington, D.C. for his manuscript The World to Come.

This year's contest garnered more submissions than ever before and the number of excellent manuscripts was frankly record setting. That's a wonderful blessing, yet it makes picking one winner so much harder. Such is life.

It’s been a tough year, so we believe such enthusiastic participation is a testament to the strength and vitality of the poets who entered and to poetry itself. May it be a harbinger of better days to come.

10/28/2020

Bolster yourself for the stretch run by listening to Saint Paul's one and only Becca Barniskis read her poem "The Atheist Test."

https://www.conduit.org/audio

10/24/2020

The third annual Minds on Fire Prize is open for one more week so Halloween is strangely enough our drop-dead day. Please tell the poets in your world and vote while you're at it.
https://www.conduit.org/books

rhinopoetry.org 10/13/2020

REVIEWS — RHINO —

Thanks to RHINO and José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes for this excellent review of Michelle Lewis's juggernaut Animul/Flame.

rhinopoetry.org Animul/Flame by Michelle Lewis Reviewed by José Edmundo Ocampo Reyes Lewis’s collection has as many poems as there are endnotes …

09/22/2020

Congratulations to Suphil Lee Park for winning the third annual Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize! Thanks to all who entered.

info.filmfestivalcircuit.com 09/06/2020

Austin After Dark Film Festival Fall 2020

Congratulations to our Deputy Editor, Ms. Brett Astor, for winning the award for Best Experimental Film! Woohoo! You rock, Brett!

info.filmfestivalcircuit.com The Fall 2020 edition of the Austin After Dark Film Festival will take place on Monday September 14, 2020 at Doc's Drive-In Theatre in Buda, Texas.

bloomsdayliterary.com 08/13/2020

Shakespeare Shorts: Esther Lee, poet — Bloomsday Literary

The stellar folks at F***ing Shakespeare podcast have just released an interview with our very own Esther Lee about her book Sacrificial Metal. Check it out:

https://www.bloomsdayliterary.com/podcast/2020/7/21/shakespeare-shorts-esther-lee

(The episode is also available on Pocket Casts, Stitcher, Spotify and other pod catchers.)

bloomsdayliterary.com Esther Lee is a poet (and letter-press artist!) who, along with her husband and cat Bowie, lives on a 35-foot sailboat called “Hope.” Currently, they’re living off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, where she writes poetry, blogs about her efforts at a zero-waste boat life, and occasionally t...

07/30/2020

Conduit Books & Ephemera is set to light our third annual Minds on Fire Open Book Prize. Woohoo! Now with $1,500 for the winning manuscript. That's 50% bigger than last year's prize and greater than the average stimulus check. Please visit https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes for details.

conduit.org 07/01/2020

Conduit Books & Ephemera — Conduit

Open until July 4th. Take a chance, free your creativity superpower, inspire the world, enter the contest, keep writing!

https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

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06/28/2020

Michelle Lewis on Twitter

Congratulations, Michelle! And thank you Midwest Book Awards!

Our very own Michelle Lewis won the Midwest Book Award for Poetry Debut for her book Animul/Flame. We're so happy for her!

“Thank you @MidwestBooks! Thank you @conduitmagazine! I won! https://t.co/pvC9qjJDQC”

06/27/2020

It's been a long hard week. Treat yourself by listening to Shanti Thakur read her poem "Western Fantasy." You'll be glad you did. https://www.conduit.org/audio

[06/26/20]   Ever wonder how the Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize got its name? Well, our friend and collaborator Bob Hicok can explain:

Marystina Santiestevan loved poetry, labor unions, animals, plants, and poets. When I met her and Henry, her husband, I enjoyed a most un-American experience: I was immediately treated as an honored guest in their house, even made to sit in Henry’s chair, just because I was a poet. Marystina wouldn’t trim trees, kill bugs, shoo deer, or say no to a martini with dinner. I’ve known many people who try to accept the world as it comes to them and one who was able to do so. I want to honor her gentleness by sponsoring a poetry prize in her name, and to thank her for passing her spirit on to Eve Trager, her granddaughter, who I’ve lived with for thirty years. I don’t know how people like them come to exist, but we are all lucky they do.

06/25/2020

This squirrel may seem impatience, but she just wants to remind you that there's still time to enter the Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize. Sock it to us, please.

The deadline is Independence Day otherwise known as July 4.

https://www.conduit.org/book-prizes

kenyonreview.org 06/16/2020

On Animul/Flame by Michelle Lewis - The Kenyon Review

Kenyon Review on Animul/Flame by Michelle Lewis:

kenyonreview.org Buy this book on Kenyon Review’s Bookshop page and support local bookstores! Saint Paul, MN: Conduit Books, 2019. 76 pages. $16.00. Selected by Bob Hicok as the inaugural winner of the Marystina Santiestevan First Book Prize, Michelle Lewis’s Animul/Flame is a self-assured, keenly wrought debut,...

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Submishmash Weekly: 'And other biofeedback'

Check this out for some news and opportunities to consider: https://us14.campaign-archive.com/?u=29faa4e2bc171e46123a4867e&id=ea5f517b97

us14.campaign-archive.com A town hall conversation about dance in the current moment (SOLE Defined).  “The discrepancy along racial lines is very real. Keep your day job” (The Guardian). Will the real Space Force please stand up (Gizmodo)?  A Black Lives Matter instructional library*.  “Leslie must carefully adjust ...

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