Kerouac

THE POEM: Jack Kerouac’s 11th Chorus of Desolation Blues

The industry standards regarding tone are not that dissimilar to those my high school English teachers used to select those canonical works we picked apart. Poetry is serious business. We avoid alluding to pop culture, and we never do so favorably, unless we are being ironic. We are ironic but not sarcastic. We are excited but restrained. We belong to no century.
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MRB Chelko

MRB Chelko

I can shut my smile down on a dime / and instant-curdle anyone I learned that trick / young practiced on strangers in the local mall / watched as they shrunk into fetal postures...
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Sheila Heti

Friday Pick: How Should a Person Be?

Should you be cordial to those people you don't like or does that make you the worst kind of phoney? Is it okay to fuck because we are lonely and not because we are in love? Is it narcissistic and selfish to try to live as an artist?
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Bruce Bond

Bruce Bond

The mapping mind holds its compass / in its eye like a monocle. It holds us // in bounds, on course, or else we break. / Or is it the map that breaks...
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Katia Kapovich

Under such heavy guard, I started walking toward the exit, my head bowed, feeling upon myself the disapproving silence of the crowd. It was people like me that were destroying America, bringing the country to the very edge of economic collapse.
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