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David Shook
David Shook studied endangered languages in Oklahoma and poetry at Oxford. His collection of poems Our Obsidian Tongues is available from Eyewear Publishing. He served as Translator in Residence at the Poetry Parnassus in London, where he premiered his covertly filmed documentary Kilometer Zero, featuring Equatorial Guinean poet Marcelo Ensema Nsang. His translations include Mario Bellatin's Shiki Nagaoka, Oswald de Andrade's Cannibal Manifesto, and Roberto Bolaño's manifesto Leave Everything, Again. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, where he edits molossus and publishes Phoneme Media. Read more at his website.

Entries by David Shook

Poetic Justice for Todd Swift, Assaulted by Boy Band The Wanted

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2014 | 10:23 PM

It's been less than a month since Irish-British boy band The Wanted announced a hiatus to pursue individual projects, but Canadian poet Todd Swift isn't sad.

On 25 July 2013, Swift "went from being a middle-aged slightly chubby university lecturer and...

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Beating Drones Into Plowshares With Poems

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2013 | 11:37 AM

The role of politics in poetry is a hotly contested topic among poets and critics alike, and rightly so, since so often what passes in popular culture as political poetry is more about the tenor of the politics than the quality of the poetry. To deny politics its place in...

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Choosing Our Oil Over Their Democracy: Elections as Farce in Equatorial Guinea

(2) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 11:56 AM

An Equatorial Guinean friend sends me a message on Facebook. Abrazo. A hug. He's upset, because to walk to work he's had to pass through Malabo's Plaza de la Mujer, which is currently occupied by a large contingent of riot police and K-9 units, not unlike the Ukrainian mercenaries that...

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The Bridge in the Desert: Travis Elborough's London Bridge in America

(2) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 12:53 PM

I feel like Hunter S. Thompson in my Honda Accord, but without all the drugs and annoying Libertarian-type pothead obsessives. I'm in the middle of the Arizonan desert with Londoner Travis Elborough, who is writing a book about the London Bridge, which wound up spanning a purpose-built gap shaved between...

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English-Language Literature Finds Its Place in Bangladesh

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2012 | 8:02 PM

Despite the immense popularity of English-language writing from South Asia, including impressive recent debuts from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, it makes sense that the language has been regarded with more suspicion in Bangladesh. The country's movement for independence, culminating in 1971's Liberation War that resulted in the massive murder...

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Paralympic Rower Oksana Masters Inspires New Sonnet Form

(1) Comments | Posted September 5, 2012 | 10:04 AM

I first see her in ESPN The Magazine's 2012 Body Issue, naked on the small wooden dock where her scull was moored, as if she always rowed au natural. I imagine her $100,000-a-piece prosthetic legs, which she dubs her "Lamborghinis," arranged flirtatiously -- an adverb describing the resting...

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The Bi-National Caravan for Peace

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2012 | 6:01 PM

The Caravan for Peace left the San Diego-Tijuana border on Sunday, Aug. 12 and arrived in Los Angeles the next day, the first stop on a 26-city tour, carrying the message of peace and an end to the U.S.-sponsored war on drugs to Washington, D.C. Leading this tour is the...

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