“Theophobia” by Jessica Piazza

Jessica Piazza is the author of two poetry collections: Interrobang (Red Hen Press, 2013) and the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). She is a co-founder of Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, and a contributing editor at The Offending Adam. She loves her scientist husband and her ridiculous-looking dog, but she also thinks you’re pretty cute. Learn more at www.jessicapiazza.com.

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“Colmcille on Exile” by Paul Muldoon

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Paul Muldoon was given an American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature for 1996. Other recent awards are the 1994 T. S. Eliot Prize, the 1997 Irish Times Poetry Prize, the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, the 2003 Griffin International Prize for Excellence in Poetry, the 2004 American Ireland Fund Literary Award, the 2004 Shakespeare Prize, the 2005 Aspen Prize for Poetry, and the 2006 European Prize for Poetry. He has been described by The Times Literary Supplement as “the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War.”

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“Morning Song of Senlin” by Conrad Aiken

“Few poets can have made greater efforts or faced more reasonably deprivation of recognition. [Aiken's] truly prodigious output met with curiously intermittent appreciation, periods of long neglect being taken with unflagging endurance and resolution. Along with this went a truly noteworthy immunity to those infections of jealousy and envy which afflict so many of us.” – I. A. Richards

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“The Snowman” by Eric Thomas Norris

Eric Norris is the author of 3 books: Terence, Nocturnal Omissions—with Gavin Geoffrey Dillard, and Cock Sucking (On Mars). He is a founding editor of the online poetry journal Kin (wearekin.org). Eric is also a co-host of the Carmine Street Metrics reading series at The Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

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“It Would Have Meant Death, Or At Least a Flogging”: Watch the Rehearsals and Preparations for the Premiere of Stella Sung’s Opera Red Silk Thread: An Epic Tale of Marco Polo after a Libretto by Ernest Hilbert

This series of short videos includes brief interviews with composer Stella Sung and director Beth Greenberg, along with the singers, choreographer, dancers, costume designer, digital effects team, and members of the chorus. The opera will premiere next week at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Florida, starring Matt Morgan, Hein Jung, and Thomas Potter, and featuring a 68-voice choir and full orchestra. The Stage Director is Beth Greenberg, Opera Director Anthony Offerle, Conductor Raymond Chobaz, and Chorus Master Will Kesling, along with dozens of others, including choreographers, digital effects professionals, costume designers, animators, répétiteurs, lighting designers, and fight coordinators. Enjoy!

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Hair. Not the Musical. Your Hair. And Some Facts You Ought to Know, Such As . . .

“In Renaissance Venice, women dyed their hair blonde using horse urine.”

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“Coda” by Basil Bunting

Though his major poems were not written until late in life, and despite the sporadic composition of his poetry, Basil Bunting wrote some of the most enduring verse of the twentieth century. Born in Northumberland, England, and raised in Quaker boarding schools, Bunting lived all over the world, working for Ford Madox Ford in Paris, for the British Government in Persia, and as a professor in California. Through his literary connections, he became an associate and disciple of Ezra Pound, who greatly influenced Bunting’s poetry. Believing that sound is the only indispensable facet of poetry, Bunting evokes his Northumberland dialect in short, strong lines, which are often allusive and dense.

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“I Can Picture Hilbert in a Drunken Brawl with Christopher Marlowe. I Mean this as a Compliment”: All of You on the Good Earth Reviewed in The New Criterion

The April poetry issue of The New Criterion is now available: Bruce Bawer discusses Marianne Moore’s life and art, William Logan considers Emily Dickinson’s envelope poems, and David Yezzi addresses the musicality of Robert Frost, the latest in his stunning series of essays on modern poetry. The issue also contains a magnificent new poem by Christian Wiman and a review of Ernest Hilbert’s latest collection All of You on the Good Earth.

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If You Text While You Drive, Stop. Just Stop It. Now. Werner Herzog Agrees.

“There’s a completely new culture out there. I’m not a participant of texting and driving—or texting at all—but I see there’s something going on in civilization which is coming with great vehemence at us.” – Werner Herzog

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“The Novelist” by W.H. Auden

They can amaze us like a thunderstorm . . .

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“JUNKYARD” a Short Animated Film by Hisko Hulsing

“A man is robbed and stabbed on a metro train. As he lays dying, a friendship from his youth flashes before his eyes.”

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“Dinner and a Movie” a Short Film by Ben Aston

“A heartwarming dramady about love, life and prison dating websites… Lovestruck Randy is thrilled when his prison pen pal Crystal is finally released and they can meet in person, but is woefully unprepared for the hard truths (among other things) she brings along with her to their date.”

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“Almanac” by Kelly Grovier

Kelly Grovier is the founder of the scholarly journal European Romantic Review and a regular contributor to the Observer and the Times Literary Supplement. He is a lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and the author of the poetry collection A Lens in the Palm.

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“The Awareness . . .”

“On the eve of a technological breakthrough, an insignificant janitor and a prominent engineer are faced with a decision that will alter the course of humanity: the release of the first aware computer system into the world.”

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From Joachim Du Bellay’s Les Antiquitez de Rome

Karl Kirchwey is the author of six books of poems, A Wandering Island (Princeton University Press, 1990; recipient of the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America), Those I Guard (Harcourt Brace and Company, 1993), The Engrafted Word (Henry Holt, 1998; a New York Times “Notable Book of the Year”), At the Palace of Jove (Putnam, 2002), The Happiness of This World: Poetry and Prose (2007), and Mount Lebanon (Marian Wood Books/Putnam, 2011). Poems Under Saturn, his translation of Paul Verlaine’s Poemes saturniens, was published by Princeton University Press in 2011.

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“When the Zombies Come” a Short Film by Jon Hurst

Official Selection of Atlanta Film Festival, Friars Club Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival, BAMcinemaFest, Rooftop Films Summer Series, Independent Film festival Boston, Stanely Film Festival, Philidephia Film Festival, Crested Butte Film Festival. And now your computer.

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Books are Dead, Blah Blah Blah, Yeah, Yeah, Now Hold On Just One Minute and Look at This

Thanks to Andrew for sending this one in.

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Do You Like it When Cats Purr? You Should, It Might Just Save Your Life: This Handy Chart Explains

So next time a cat gets on your lap and purrs, don’t push it off!

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“Support” by Leonard Gontarek

Philadelphia poet Leonard Gontarek’s poetry collections include Déjà Vu Diner (2006) and St. Genevieve Watching Over Paris (1984). His poems have also been featured in Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry (2006) and in Best American Poetry (2005). He uses juxtaposition to explore themes of transformation and transcendence and has described his poems as “equal parts political, erotic, and meditations on the world.” In an interview with G.E. Reutter, Gontarek continued, “My views on these things are complicated; hence the overlay texture of the poems.” Reviewing Déjà Vu Diner, Amy Small-McKinney observed that “Leonard Gontarek asks his readers to hear, see, and practically touch, as though in a state of synesthesia, the particulars of his world. His poems ask us to suspend our own worldviews, to trust him, and to give ourselves over to his meticulous use of language and startling juxtapositions of imagery.”

Gontarek’s honors include several Pushcart Prize nominations and two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He has edited several anthologies of children’s poetry, including This Is Forever the Room (1979), The Balloonists Are Coming Back from the Clouds (1978), and Rain of the Haunted Trees (1979). He coordinates Peace/Works: Poets and Writers for Peace and has taught through the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership and the Arts League in Philadelphia. He lives in Philadelphia.

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“Puma” by Ted Hughes

“What’s writing really about? It’s about trying to take fuller possession of the reality of your life.” – Ted Hughes

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Camera Falls from Airplane and Lands in Pig Pen

Have a great weekend everyone!

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“Our Drone Future” a Short Film from Alex Cornell

“Our Drone Future explores the technology, capability, and purpose of drones, as their presence becomes an increasingly pervasive reality in the skies of tomorrow. In the near future, cities use semi-autonomous drones for urban security. Human officers monitor drone feeds remotely, and data reports are displayed with a detailed HUD and communicated via a simulated human voice (designed to mitigate discomfort with sentient drone technology). While the drones operate independently, they are “guided” by the human monitors, who can suggest alternate mission plans and ask questions. Specializing in predictive analysis, the security drones can retask themselves to investigate potential threats. As shown in this video, an urban security drone surveys San Francisco’s landmarks and encounters fierce civilian resistance.”

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Get Ready to Scroll Through a Scale Model of the Solar System

Click on the box below to visit the site and take off through our solar system. Fun!

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“LOT254″ a Short Horror Film by Toby Meakins

“A Collector repairs a vintage cine camera unlocking the hidden terror of LOT254.”

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E-Verse Equinox Returns to Ring in the Spring with Poets Sarah Arvio, Jenn McCreary, and Harry Robert Stoneback

Sarah Arvio, author of Night Thoughts (2013), with Jenn McCreary, author of & Now My Feet Are Maps (2013), and H.R. Stoneback, author of Hurricane Hymn (2009), hosted by Ernest Hilbert. Open microphone session hosted by Paul Siegell to follow featured readers

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Scared of Heights? These Guys Aren’t

Get your vertigo on.

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“Boccherini In the Afternoon” by Mark Schorr

Mark Schorr’s books include “Conscious Explanations” (Pen & Anvil); “Heart’s Ladder”, a collection of forty sonnets; the book-length renga sequence “Recovery: 77 Dream Songs”; “One On A Side: An Evening with Seamus Heaney & Robert Frost” (as editor, with Kevin O’Connor); and “Poetry to the Max: A Shop Manual.” His writing has appeared in periodicals including Poetry Northeast and Fulcrum. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Robert Frost Foundation in Lawrence, Massacusetts; and has been teaching at Cambridge College in Lawrence since 2004.

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Five Poems from the “Haunted Forest” Sequence by Jenn McCreary

Jenn McCreary’s new full-length collection, & now my feet are maps, is now available from Dusie Press. Other works include The Dark Mouth of Living (Horse Less Press), :ab ovo: (Dusie Press), a doctrine of signatures (Singing Horse Press), & Odyssey & Oracle (Least Weasel Press). worrywort, a collaboration with Pattie McCarthy, will be published by Little Red Leaves Textile Editions in 2014. She lives in Philadelphia with her family, where she co-edits ixnay press with Chris McCreary & was recently named a 2013 Pew Fellow in the Arts for poetry.

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Imagine if Lions Jumped on You the Way Your Housecats Do

Kevin Richardson, lion conservation expert, plays with some lions as if they’re house cats. It’s partly frightening, partly endearing; scary and cute in equal measures. It’s presented as part of an ad campaign for GoPro cameras, but it’s well worth a look.

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