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“The bike I was thinking of buying belonged to a friend. Before I could buy it, I crashed on it, riding as a passenger behind my friend, with a beautiful girl squeezed in between us, three on a bike, a Triumph, going far too fast, all of us drunk, around Place de la Concorde, and slipping out of control on the wet cobbles at 4:00 a.m. Pardner, don’t get on a motorcycle with drink in you.” Frederick Seidel

“The Biggest Bomb” David Ignatow

Y’all should get real intimate with this gem. It’s from “Claims for Poetry,” a dope book of essays edited by Donald Hall from 1982.

This short essay from 1955 is by a poet I had never heard of, David Ignatow. I googled him and discovered he was the kind of poet who found some success, but always had to maintain a day job: butcher, book binder, hospital admitting clerk, vegetable market night clerk, and paper salesman.”

He was also “editor of American Poetry Review, Analytic, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Chelsea Magazine, and … poetry editor of The Nation.”

Anyway, biographical minutiae aside, this “impressionistic essay” is at times monastic — “I deal with words, I give myself the pleasure of being free with my feelings, my thoughts. I allow them to fall into any shape or color they desire in words.” — and at other times animalistic: “The freedom I write about is for cockroaches, ants, mice, and lice.”

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Lee Sedol, seated at right, one of the greatest modern players of the ancient game of Go, was defeated three times in a row by Google’s DeepMind supercomputer, AlphaGo. Experts had long suggested that Go was a game in which computers would struggle to match human intellect. (Illustration: Joseph M. Gerace/NJ Advance Media; Photo: Google DeepMind/Agence France-Presse)


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Wikipedia Poem, No. 143

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Wikipedia Poem, No. 142

“two mice are dead, for my wife. / mice make her legs / go watery, as they do sometimes after her climax.” Denis Johnson
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Wikipedia Poem, No. 141

“Short separations provoke an acute response known as protest, while prolonged separations yield the physiologic state of despair. … Even young rats evidence protest: when their mother is absent they emit nonstop ultrasonic cries, a plaintive chorus inaudible to our dull ape ears.” Lewis, Amini and Lannon
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- Lewis, Thomas, Fari Amini, and Richard Lannon. A General Theory of Love. New York: Vintage Books, 2001. Print.
- Tangen, Jason M, Sean C Murphy, and Matthew B Thompson. “Flashed Face Distortion Effect: Grotesque Faces from Relative Spaces.” Perception 40.5 (May 2011): 628–630. Web. 6 Mar. 2016.

Wikipedia Poem, No. 140

“What is that painting of mine in Philadelphia? Is it Fifty Days in Iliam? It’s very strange, no one has ever mentioned it. Have you ever seen it? Well it’s one of a large group of paintings. It’s called Fifty Days in Iliam; I spelt it I-L-I-A-M, which is not correct. It’s U-M. But I wanted that, I wanted the A for Achilles; I always think of A as Achilles; I wanted the A there and no one ever wrote and told me that I had misspelt Ilium. I’m saying anyone in America.” Cy Twombly
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- Sylvester, David. “Interview / Cy Twombly / Rome.” 2000. Web. 6 Mar. 2016.
- Twombly, Cy. Fifty Days at Iliam. 1978. Oil, oil crayon, and graphite on canvas. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.