Al Filreis

confusing justice & vengeance

"We cannot bear to face our knowledge that the satisfaction of our desire for justice, which we confuse with our desire for vengeance, is impossible.

mining, memory & Microsoft

Yes, that's Bill Gates at right, tossing a floppy disk into the air.

ideas elude one in a poem

My interview/conversation with John Ashbery, which took place on March 26, 2002, is avai

Erica Baum photographs the card catalogue

When I saw what Erica Baum was doing with photography a few years ago, I knew that it was closely related to what I was trying to teach my students about modern and contemporary poetry, so I invited Erica to visit us at the Writers House. It was a great visit.

poetry (n) the public spear

Back to Maria Damon's critical essays for a moment. I've just read "Was That 'Different,' 'Dissident' or 'Dissonant'?