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Ben Evans
Ben Evans is the Executive Editor of the arts review,, and the collected book of original fiction, poetry and portraits entitled, Fogged Clarity 1.

Entries by Ben Evans

Van Lente: Fashion Model & Folksinger

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 6:06 PM

Modeling is a discipline where beauty is seldom equated with depth. One could argue that a culture's general preoccupation with form over substance has helped render such an impression accurate, but one would still be left to account for the ebullient outlier that is Gabrielle Schaub--folksinger, humanist, and aspiring NYC...

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The Peaceful Poetics of Afaa Michael Weaver

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 6:35 PM

As art makers, we have a tendency to think of suffering as "grist for the mill." I certainly did once, and, in many ways, probably self-inflicted pain just so I could one day mine it for some provocative, confessional beauty that would carry me to a vague notion of poetic...

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Thoughts Ending in a Song by Will Oldham

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2015 | 1:34 PM

What if, like Tolstoy's Ivan Ilyich, we got it all wrong? What if our conception and practice of life and living is as fundamentally flawed as the reality television and soft news we half-pretend to scoff at? Increasingly, I'm beginning to believe this is the case, though I harbor no...

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Poet David Baker on His Craft and Process

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2015 | 8:48 AM

Earlier this month, poet and contributing editor to Fogged Clarity Daniel DeVaughn interviewed the distinguished poet (and poetry editor of The Kenyon Review) David Baker about Robert Frost, contemporary poetic trends, and his forthcoming collection, Scavenger Loop. Below are a few choice questions from their discussion, the entirety of which...

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Chris Bathgate by the Lake

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 2:22 PM

There are individuals one meets that seem to be working on a different level. They exude calm in every task and emanate a peace and presence that spreads to those around them. I think such an individual is the best we can hope to be in this life, and I...

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Poet Carl Phillips Talks Risk

(0) Comments | Posted January 16, 2015 | 4:18 PM

In August of last year Graywolf Press released the tenth volume in their acclaimed "Art of" series, this time authored by poet and four-time National Book Award finalist Carl Phillips. While past offerings in the series have concerned syntax, subtext and description, Phillips chose to train his own study on...

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A Gesture for the New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 10:46 AM

On the evening of November 24 I was en route to Annapolis, MD to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my aunts, uncles and cousins. It happened to be the same evening that a grand jury in Missouri decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson for shooting teenager Michael Brown for...

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Of Suicide & Sublimity

(0) Comments | Posted December 7, 2014 | 9:53 PM

Note: The content of this post may be sensitive for some readers.

To understand this session, you should first know this: In July of 2013, I drove to the Walmart Super Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI and purchased a $550 Mossberg tactical shotgun with the intention of ending my...

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After the Heroin, the Singing

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Three weeks ago, I drove to a sagging brick Victorian in midtown Detroit to watch the three-piece post-folk band The Hand in the Ocean play a house show with four other acts. Upon arriving, I was ushered through a courtyard splashed with orange torchlight where a cream pullet ran free...

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Lewis & Clarke Discover Redemption

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 10:02 AM


There are hells from which some never emerge, anguishes so insidious they leech the spirit of its purpose and pleasure until the mind resigns itself to a sorrow so permanent no joy can crack its carapace. For two years I mucked through such...

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Review: Robert Wrigley's Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 9:06 AM

One asks that a poet's linguistic command be equal to the task of their vision. Robert Wrigley regards the world with unrelenting wonder and his precision with language surpasses the surgical. One can ask for little else.

Anatomy of Melancholy and Other Poems is Wrigley's ninth book of poetry in...

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Preview: California Wives', "Art History"

(0) Comments | Posted September 4, 2012 | 12:38 PM

The spectrum of "pop" has broadened considerably in recent years. Affix the word "indie" with a hyphen and you've effectively categorized about 30% of contemporary music. 2012-09-03-California_Wives_Art_Historyfixed.jpeg Given the size of this aural subset, pop musicians wishing to be heard above the general din...

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Poetry Review: Michael Tyrell's The Wanted

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 10:30 AM

Michael Tyrell lives in Brooklyn and teaches at NYU. His poems have appeared in Agni, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times and The Paris Review, among2012-08-24-TheWanted.jpeg
many other journals. The Wanted is his first book of poems....

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Will Oldham Speaks Truth

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2011 | 3:30 PM

Four weeks ago, on the night before I drove 2,500 miles west to begin studying poetry at the University of Oregon, I was fortunate enough to interview Will Oldham (Bonnie "Prince" Billy) for a second time. At the moment the phone rang, I had no idea that our discussion would...

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A Discussion With Béla Fleck

(5) Comments | Posted June 28, 2011 | 10:30 AM

Ever since I was sixteen, the music of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones has consistently served as my summer soundtrack. Now, with an extensive tour in progress and the recent release of their latest album, Rocket Science, Béla and his Flecktones are back to work delighting listeners with the sweet...

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A Few Good Questions With Justin Cronin

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2011 | 1:24 PM

A few years ago it was announced that Justin Cronin's next project would be a vampire novel. In some literary circles this revelation was tantamount to that of Bob Dylan going electric in '65. Having achieved considerable distinction amongst the literati with his Pen/Hemingway award-winning novel Mary and O'Neil in...

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A Talk With Papercuts' Jason Quever

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 7:24 PM

Ambient and dreamlike are words often used to describe the music of the San Francisco band Papercuts; yet to place those labels on their fourth album, Fading Parade, seems to undervalue the sharp vision behind it. With Fading Parade, chief singer and songwriter Jason Quever has crafted a cohesive collection...

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John Dunsworth of Trailer Park Boys on Liquor and Politics

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2011 | 11:38 AM

These are some truly choice answers taken from an audio interview I recently did with Canadian actor John Dunsworth, who played Mr. Jim Lahey in the famed Trailer Park Boys TV/movie franchise. Slipping in and out of character, Dunsworth commented hilariously (and intelligently) on liquor, the state of contemporary American...

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Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner: An Interview

(0) Comments | Posted March 28, 2011 | 12:57 PM

Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak's new album Civilian could easily be just another balloon floating (briefly) up to further crowd the skies of indie rock. Yet, it isn't. Lead singer and guitarist Jenn Wasner's voice simply won't allow it to be. Wasner's thick, spectral vocals haunt every crevice of Civilian, swelling...

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An Interview With Jeff Daniels

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2011 | 1:02 PM

Over the past thirty years, actor Jeff Daniels has established a reputation for versatility on the big screen -- he has played everything from a burnt-out author (The Squid and the Whale), to a Civil War colonel (Gettysburg, Gods and Generals), to a derelict pet groomer (Dumb and Dumber) --...

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