Monthly Archives: October 2012

When translation contemplates Being.

Pandora at work, Iowa House Hotel, IWP, October 2012. In his 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature acceptance speech, the great Lithuanian poet of the Polish language, the expatriate Czeslaw Milosz had this to say about the politics of poetic exile, … Continue reading

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Meskwaki: The Red Earth People of Tama.

Dancers, 1830s. Somewhere deep in the unconscious of most Westerners alive today is buried an image of “Indians” like the one above, the “Redskin” of generations of cowboy movies and Westerns that however nobly they portrayed the “savages”, such “hostiles” … Continue reading

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I write to think.

Writing is a form of thinking: I often don’t know what I think until I write it down – or, to put it another way, when I am writing I am thinking differently from when I am talking. The habit … Continue reading

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We Live In A Political World.

I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken Bob Dylan: A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall Everybody gather round, that time of year, they’re on the stump. Don’t want you but they want your vote. Democracy: the killing joke. … Continue reading

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Dollars meet State.

The people of my city Christchurch are trapped in the ideological pincers of a post-disaster nightmare: on the one hand they have the dogs of capital patrolling the broken city dining on the bones; on the other, the hand of … Continue reading

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Iron Range Elegist: Bob Dylan and the klezmer tradition.

America is vast. Not so vast as the universe of course, but speaking as a human from a human scale, having traversed a good five hundred miles of its bounteous bosom yesterday, I’ll stick to that tiny word which tries … Continue reading

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The hole in the doughnut is a hole in the ground.

Hibbing children who died in the 1918 Influenza Epidemic. After two big days I’m way too tired to attempt much tonight, on an emotional level alone, not to speak of the bitter winds that blew about me. So cold, it … Continue reading

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