Last year, my landlord received two citations for the freezing conditions in our building. This year, he’s trying to cook us.
Eyes closed in the heat of the hand. Intrusive itch, back leg. Whiskers...– from The Selected Poems of Hamster by Carlos Blackburn, my new favorite book
Was accepted into CUNY Queens Library Science Master program. Have a job interview with a famous New York doctor tomorrow. Things are looking up!
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What makes a poem good?
I remember reading about a computer program that was writing the most ‘perfect’ poem in the world. I don’t recall what it was called or how it worked exactly. Why hasn’t there been a study on what makes certain poems ‘good’—genuinely satisfying to read, enlightening, thrilling—and how it corresponds to your brain’s natural wiring vs. what...