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Alina Gregorian is the author of Flying Bark, a forthcoming chapbook from Monk Books, and Flag for Adjectives, a forthcoming chapbook from Diez. Her poems have appeared in Sink Review, Boston Review, GlitterPony, and other journals. She co-curates Triptych Readings, and co-edits the collaboration journal Bridge. She teaches creative writing at Rutgers University, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit her here: alinagregorian.tumblr.com

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The Reading Series: Tao Lin and Ellen Frances

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 1:47 PM

Ellen Frances' video based on Tao Lin's poem "when i leave this place," first published in cognitive-behavioral therapy (Melville House, 2008), opens with two gloved hands inspecting a purse. The gloves seem necessary, like they belong to an investigator. The contents of the purse are placed on the table, just ordinary objects....

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The Reading Series: Lonely Christopher's 'Grown Ups'

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Our identifies are shaped by our perceptions of the world, and how we react when our world is changed. In Lonely Christopher's video poem, "Grown Ups," which is a translation of Shakespeare's Sonnet 24, the speaker attaches himself to his lover by writing his name on him: "I took your...

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The Reading Series: Christine Kanownik's "I Want Milk"

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Do you remember planking? Planking is a meme from 2011 in which people lay face-first in unusual places. In the same year, two other memes came into the picture: owling (sitting on things in an owl-like position) and cone-ing (grabbing ice-cream cones by the ice-cream, not the cone). These memes...

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The Reading Series: Brandon Downing's 'The Institution'

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 5:41 PM

In Brandon Downing's video poem we see Boris Karloff's character in Black Sabbath wandering around as a new vampire, and trying to invade his family estate. This trance-like video, solidly energized in part because of Kishore Kumar's song, epitomizes a failed institutional structure. You could almost hear the lines of...

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The Reading Series: Kate Durbin's "iPrincess"

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2013 | 10:28 AM

There are many ways to consider Tumblr in the mirror when Tumblr is a person. And when Tumblr is a person the person is Kate Durbin.

In "iPrincess" the act of speaking is democratized. Durbin talks to the world and to no one in particular. It's a scatter of dialogue...

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The Reading Series: Bianca Stone's "Because You Love You Come Apart"

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2012 | 2:36 PM

This video poem starts with Bianca Stone miming a poem by Ruth Stone, her grandmother. We can make the claim that this gesture indicates the resonance Bianca feels towards Ruth's poem. We could also call this is a meme, and what's being copied stays relevant because it changes forms. What's...

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The Reading Series: Zachary Pace's 'The Lovers'

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2012 | 3:19 PM

Zachary Pace's poem moves forward quickly because it only rests on one period. The incorporation of m-dashes, commas, line breaks, and parentheses create necessary pauses (breaks for both the reader and the poet). The lovers are simultaneously bound and separated by a space between them, which Pace calls "an intruder."...

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Emily Pettit's 'How to Recognize a Stranger'

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2012 | 9:48 AM

In this poem by Emily Pettit, mystery is okay and it constantly happens. This state of despair is displayed when Pettit writes: "We cover our faces with our hands / to communicate our displeasure at being so / confused." As I listened to the poem, I kept asking: how can...

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The Reading Series: Dorothea Lasky Likes Weird Ass Hippies

(0) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 10:26 AM

The Reading Series is a new feature spotlighting videos from contemporary poets.

There is hope for the person who wants to be a hippie. There is hope for the hippie who remembers not being a hippie. It's haunting to observe hippies and not be one yourself. We can recognize the...

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The Reading Series: Mel Nichols On Googling Herself

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 11:24 AM

Thank you, Mel Nichols, for providing us with two videos and for using a ukulele in one of them. While listening to these poems ("I Google Myself" and "Bicycle Day"), I kept thinking about the necessity to borrow and to cut and paste from different parts of the world: any...

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The Reading Series: Dana Ward's "The Crisis of Infinite Worlds"

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 10:36 AM

The Reading Series is a new feature spotlighting videos from contemporary poets.

Dana Ward's "The Crisis of Infinite Worlds" is based on the idea that talking about someone and what they do makes them more familiar to you. Ward takes us to an alternate universe where to quote from movies,...

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The Reading Series: Ben Mirov's 'Ghost Machines'

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2012 | 8:10 AM

How these were brought into existence is unknown. What we have as proof of their presence is a video of Ben Mirov reading them, letter for letter, sound for sound, while minding the stops given for spaces. These poems use the boundaries surrounding the letters of the page to exist....

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The Reading Series: Ben Pease's Fugitives of Speech

(0) Comments | Posted June 27, 2012 | 8:25 AM

The Reading Series is a new feature spotlighting videos from contemporary poets.

Already I take up
Less emotional space than a snowdrop.

-- James Merrill

This video poem includes the epic-poem-in-progress "Fugitives of Speech," where time slows down, attempts to speed up, and settles occasionally on the...

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The Reading Series: Michelle Taransky's GChat Poetry

(2) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 11:00 AM

The Reading Series is a new feature spotlighting videos from contemporary poets.

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Watch Michelle Taransky read from "Sorry Was In The Woods":

Michelle Taransky is the author of "Sorry...

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The Reading Series: Paul Legault Recreates Emily Dickinson

(6) Comments | Posted June 13, 2012 | 8:00 AM

The Reading Series is a new feature spotlighting videos from contemporary poets.

Are you too deeply occupied to say if my Verse is alive?
-- Emily Dickinson in a letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Paul Legault translated Emily Dickinson's poems into what he calls "basic English," but I'd...

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