The Cutting Room Floor

2019-12-11: This is very dangerous: “In its agreement with the Office for Civil Rights, the university said it …

2019-11-30: An interesting article in the Times about a post-social media world. Not stuff I have thought deeply …

2019-11-28: I’ve just sent an email to David, but I am wondering if anyone else here who is using @Blot is …

2019-11-27: This tweet made me laugh out loud.

2019-11-26: It’s been a while since I’ve had a new publication to announce, so I am happy to share …

2019-11-24: For her, this is keeping me company while I grade.

2019-11-14: I wrote a “craft talk” on rhythm and the line in Quincy Troupe’s work that was published on the blog …

2019-11-07: Perhaps the smartest critique of the how-to-fix-masculinity industry—and part of the problem, of …

2019-10-29: “Failed Essay on Privilege,” by Elisa Gonzalez - The New Yorker

2019-10-22: This Twitter thread from an independent bookstore owner and an open letter to Jeff Bezos.

2019-10-20: By the way, that four page poem I posted about a week or so ago is now up to 15 pages and counting. …

2019-10-19: Aaaaand…the rejections have started coming in. Ah well…that just means I need to set some time aside …

2019-10-12: I was 13 months. I remember that teddy bear. He became my toilet training buddy.

2019-10-10: First poem in a long time and it’s already four pages long. Sometimes I wish I wrote tightly …

2019-10-05: A still-relevant poem by Carl Sandburg, with apologies for the spacing From Long Guns, by Carl Sandburg: “Then came Oscar, the time of the guns, And there was no …

2019-10-04: That moment, when you’ve finished one project, you’ve given yourself some time off, and now you’ve …

2019-10-01: If you her full size, you’d think she was too big to fit into this box

2019-09-29: Recently, I’ve been paying too little attention to sending work out. This month, I decided to …

2019-09-29: A special delivery to keep me company while I’m commenting on student poems.

2019-09-26: I’m guessing others here have already seen this, but in case not: Facebook Tests Hiding ‘Likes’ on …

2019-09-16: Going to a training session on Turnitin this morning. I’m oddly less worried about my students …

2019-09-11: 100,000 men have been sexually assaulted in the military in the past decades, from The NY Times.

2019-09-01: Received two emails today congratulating me that my poem was the Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the …

2019-09-01: There is sad truth in this, from The NY Times: What I Know About Famous Men’s Penises

2019-08-28: Oman sounds like a really interesting place: Muscat: Where the Arab World Meets the Indian Ocean

2019-08-27: This is worth reading if you want to know something about the origins of the fear of the “great …

2019-08-27: A single boot on top of paper recycling. There’s a story behind this.

2019-08-26: From the Catbird Seat: What it was like to be a woman and Consultant in Poetry to the Library of …

2019-08-26: Oy! Why is Netanyahu reviving Palestinians’ ‘willing relocation’?

2019-08-26: From Poets Corner, Matthew Baker: A poem by Sylvia Plath in honor of Women’s Equality Day

2019-08-26: Chilling is an understated adjective to describe this: NYTimes: Trump Allies Target Journalists Over …

2019-08-16: A dark poem for a dark time. From Mikhail Aizenberg’s Say Thank You, translated by J. Kates.

2019-08-14: Seems like useful information to have. From The NY Times: Don’t pay the ransom if you’re hit by …

2019-08-11: It’s about time: The motivations of men who commit mass shootings are often muddled, complex or …

2019-08-10: This is worth reading about the international networking of the far right.

2019-08-08: Made the final edits and layout corrections today and it’s off to its first destination, which will …

2019-08-02: A forbidding sky in Fishkill, NY.

2019-07-30: I’m at that point in the revision process where I’m convinced the book sucks. I will probably not …

2019-07-26: It’s an experimental narrative essay, so nonfiction, but this section is about a previous, failed …

2019-07-25: Finally started reading Citizen, by Claudia Rankine. So far, it’s as remarkable as everyone …

2019-07-21: There are two types of hijabs. The difference is huge. - The Washington Post. This is a really …

2019-07-20: I don’t drink coffee, but I smiled at this.

2019-07-19: The Financial Calamity That Is The Teaching Profession The paragraphs below are from an article in The Atlantic by Alia Wong with the same title I’ve …

2019-07-18: An important truth about the value of community colleges and the education students get there. I …

2019-07-18: Reading Say Thank You, by Mikhail Aizenberg, translated by J. Kates. Very interesting poems. …

2019-07-17: The structure of a traditional literary reading turns the act of attending it into an act of …

2019-07-17: One editor’s take on the current state of literary journals

2019-07-16: Ready, finally, for a final round of edits before I send it off to a very fine publisher with whom I …

2019-07-12: ELP’s Pirates. Been a long time since I’ve heard it and this live performance just made …

2019-07-11: Why are conclusions/endings–I’m thinking about essays here in particular–always so …

2019-07-03: Well this is sobering: Axios Future: Special report — Surveillance capitalism

2019-06-25: Newsletter Issue 7 is out. One highlight: Ayelet Rose Gottlieb has set my poem “Light” …

2019-06-23: Okay, sometimes satire is necessary and this made me laugh out loud in a couple of places: Every …

2019-06-22: Ordinary Iranians feel like they’re already at war.

2019-06-15: “The far right does not respect the free and liberal exchange of ideas. It is not open to …

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2019-06-03: When we talk about abortion, let’s talk about men

2019-05-30: At The Risk of Tooting My Own Horn a Bit... I’ve been going through some old files and links and I came across this lovely open letter …

2019-05-26: It’s Taken 5 Decades to Get the Ph.D. Her Abusive Professor Denied Her

2019-05-15: A rabbi’s Twitter thread apropo Alabama’s newcabortion law: “Call it Christian theocracy, which it …

2019-05-05: Me and Mikey, whom my mother had to have put down because he broke a knee and the complications were …

2019-05-05: Mother and daughter, though the mother–on the right–is long gone. For some reason, they …

2019-04-27: Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction

2019-04-25: I just published my newsletter: #NationalPoetryMonth, #MeToo, Leaving Neverland, and Sexual Assault …

2019-04-18: A Tale of Two Cancelled Speeches: Beloit and Columbia - ACADEME BLOG

2019-04-17: Democrats Are Failing Ilhan Omar

2019-04-16: Wow! A poem by Robin Coste Lewis

2019-04-09: The Moroccan Exception in the Arab World: Morocco’s efforts to reconnect with Moroccan Jews and …

2019-04-05: An interesting tweet about Israeli Arab and Israeli Jewish attitudes towards coexisting in Israel.

2019-04-02: Oy! Conservative Professor Sues State Senator Over Blog Post - ACADEME BLOG

2019-03-25: "My mother is this mourning mother who begged the staff to search for her daughter, but was denied. …

2019-03-23: Barbara Streisand’s comments about Leaving Neverland are tone deaf at best and seem to justify or …

2019-03-16: This is a powerful poem from the Academy of American Poets.

2019-03-13: This is a lovely poem by Carrie Fountain, from the Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day.

2019-03-09: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - March 9, 2019 Stalk the need that begs you to return: the flower blooming on her skin, the course your finger …

2019-03-08: This pretty smart: How Should We Talk About the Israel Lobby’s Power? - New York Magazine

2019-03-01: First full working draft. I am happy!

2019-02-27: I saw today a screening of Leaving Neverland and Oprah’s interview with the two men who tell their …

2019-02-23: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - February 23, 2019 Your choice bewilders logic out of spite. …

2019-02-23: A momentary vent: Trying to get work done (grading papers) in the middle of a spiteful family …

2019-02-22: This Seth Meyers bit is very well done: youtu.be

2019-02-22: nyti.ms Not the Fun Kind of Feminist

2019-02-15: The sky over Laguna Beach.

2019-02-14: What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right - The Nation This is worth reading.

2019-02-12: Lies Left on The Cutting Room Floor - February 12, 2019 Unfurl your guilt inside a circus tent. …

2019-02-09: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - February 9, 2019 Immerse yourself without pretense. Disguise the wilderness you crave. Behind barbed wire, what you …

2019-02-06: This is exciting! The musical group Pneuma has set one of my poem to music for their upcoming album, …

2019-02-02: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - February 2, 2019 Renounce the cradle. Trade belief for blame. What leaves the body leaves itself behind. Make your …

2019-02-01: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - February 1, 2019 Let laughter scatter what you trust like …

2019-02-01: I’m doing some file maintenance on my hard drive and came across this. It’s the cover of …

2019-01-31: Trying to write about race, especially when you’re dealing with people and events in your life …

2019-01-31: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 31, 2019 In language they will call “a woman’s crime,” give your breath to each aborted fear. The masks you …

2019-01-27: The next anthology I am going to tackle. It’s been on my shelf since the 1980s and I’ve …

2019-01-27: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 27, 2019 You know there’s something you can never …

2019-01-25: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 25, 2019 Fling against the wall of your virginity the …

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2019-01-24: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 24, 2019 Some think understanding is the point. Some believe the point demands release. Others point between …

2019-01-23: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 23, 2019 You crane your neck, stand on your toes. “My …

2019-01-22: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 22, 2019 Part ways with what you’ve hidden on your …

2019-01-22: This is the first poetry anthology I’ve ever read cover to cover. Now that I’ve finished …

2019-01-21: A Trip Down Memory Lane In 1988-89, I taught English in South Korea. Han Young Ae was one of the …

2019-01-21: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 21, 2019 You crane your neck, stand on your toes. “My …

2019-01-20: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 20, 2019 (Birthday Version) Detachment carves a lack into a line. Curled on either side, a farewell waits to force a fledgling …

2019-01-18: A post I wrote about abortion in Jewish law that some here might find interesting. It’s part …

2019-01-18: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 18, 2019 The child hung suspended in midair like …

2019-01-17: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 17, 2019 The line of people leaving, a living scar …

2019-01-17: I’m in an online discussion of Nancy MacClean’s Democracy in Chains. Has anyone here …

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2019-01-16: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - January 16, 2019 Desire’s undiluted sequence ends the scene, concealing what will save us. Claim the center. Don’t …

2019-01-15: Socrates Park, Long Island City, three or so years ago.

2019-01-14: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 14, 2019 Across the span, as counterpoint, a flock of pigeons lifted into flight. “We get,” he said, “a …

2019-01-14: One more quote from Metres: Surveillance is observation without consequences…The danger of our …

2019-01-14: "The idea that I could be a writer gave me [hope]" From The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuse and Resistance: Writing seemed to stitch together the …

2019-01-14: Finished reading: Though I Get Home by YZ Chin 📚

2019-01-14: Elsevier journal editors resign, start rival open-access journal www.insidehighered.com This seems …

2019-01-13: Currently reading: The Sound of Listening: Poetry as Refuge and Resistance by Philip Metres 📚 We …

2019-01-13: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 13, 2019 A child’s bleeding hid you from the truth, …

2019-01-10: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 10, 2019 I cursed the deal I cannot say I made in …

2019-01-09: The first poem I will read a tonight. A translation from Bustan, by 13th century Persian poet, Saadi …

2019-01-09: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - January 9, 2019 Desire feeds on what it finds, blurring the …

2019-01-09: I’m prepping Introduction to Literature, our second semester writing course, which I …

2019-01-08: Makes me wonder exactly where this prohibition starts and ends

2019-01-08: The first of what will be two or three blog posts on my own history of blogging, keeping a journal, …

2019-01-07: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 7, 2019 The rules require a precise exchange of …

2019-01-07: Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows sounds like a very interesting novel.

2019-01-06: The Slowdown is a lovely poetry podcast by Tracy K. Smith, US Poet Laureate. Each episode is between …

2019-01-06: This, Following protests, London mosque cancels planned Holocaust exhibition, unless there is some …

2019-01-05: That’s me and Mikey at my mother’s. She’s got a dog rescue, Wilma’s Orphans. Mikey and I …

2019-01-05: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - January 5, 2019 You gathered every inch of trust you could …

2019-01-05: This article about the trial in Israel of a Palestinian poet arrested and put on trial for a poem …

2019-01-04: When the Chancellor Donates his $50,000 Raise to the University

2019-01-03: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 3, 2019 Instead, they pull their swollen anger tight, walk it like a wire stretched between the pliant mask …

2019-01-02: By way of introducing some of my Persian translation work to people here who might be interested, …

2019-01-02: Currently reading: Body of Water 📚

2019-01-02: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - January 2, 2019 Beneath this season’s long and gentle gaze, …

2019-01-02: What It’s Like to Be a Female Movie Critic in the #MeToo Era

2019-01-02: One of the ways that poets and writers can change the cultural conversation in significant ways.

2019-01-01: In Screening for Suicide Risk, Facebook Takes On Tricky Public Health Role: Paraphrasing, “Facebook …

2019-01-01: Last night was one hell of a New Year’s Eve—for the cat, apparently, not me. We stayed in and had a …

2018-12-31: My new journal. Handmade in Brooklyn, by a guy from Turkey. He started out making them to display …

2018-12-30: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - December 30, 2018 Keep a tryst that peels the skin from fear, pierce the clouds before the fight begins, pull on every …

2018-12-29: I have mixed feelings about this: In Defense of Satoshi Kanazawa’s Academic Freedom - ACADEME BLOG

2018-12-29: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 29, 2018 Let the force of this imagined form make real the hollow where your love should be; press your lips …

2018-12-29: America Is Losing Its Teachers at a Record Rate. Specifically, public educators. There are people on …

2018-12-28: From The Desk of Richard Jeffrey Newman #5 is out.

2018-12-28: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 28, 2018 The waitress moved across the restaurant …

2018-12-28: The to-read piles I’ve accumulated–not new books I’ve bought–over the course of …

2018-12-27: More from our 2008 trip to Iran. I took this in the bazaar in Isfahan.

2018-12-27: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 27, 2018 Knowing someone else had gone instead, we hid, dreading the snow’s blunt precision, its indifferent …

2018-12-26: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 26, 2018 Imagine bark as skin, ponder roots. Interrogate the love they implicate. Because you’re a …

2018-12-23: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - December 23, 2018 Now you have to choose. Join with what for …

2018-12-22: The poet is Tom Leonard. I read him when I studied at Edinburgh University in the summer of 1985. …

2018-12-21: Persepolis, Iran. Taken 10 years ago. I remember being really surprised at how not merely phallic, …

2018-12-21: Lines Left On The Cutting Room Floor - December 21, 2018 Those rotting corpses will not breathe …

2018-12-21: After More Than Two Decades of Work, a New Hebrew Bible to Rival the King James This, from The New …

2018-12-20: What my desk at school looks like now that the semester’s over and I’ve handed in all my grades. …

2018-12-20: Lines Left On The Cutting Room Floor, December 20, 2018 You’ll understand in time. For now, your …

2018-12-19: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor, December 19, 2018 Below your bed, the city lives its life. The …

2018-12-18: Lines Left on The Cutting Room Floor - December 18, 2018 Leave aside the mercies you’ve received. Refuse amelioration. Place your trust where camouflage …

2018-12-18: Anybody else find Tracy Smith’s NY Times essay on political poetry as unsatisfying as I did? Still …

2018-12-15: As a union officer, I inevitably learn things about my colleagues, some of them at least, that I …

2018-12-15: This past summer, I saw an Ent in Westchester County.

2018-12-15: More from Storm King Art Center.

2018-12-14: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 14, 2018 Take refuge in the withered disarray …

2018-12-13: Currently reading: The Collected Poems of Ai by Ai 📚

2018-12-13: Sunset from my window–but not today’s. Today it was raining.

2018-12-13: When what you have to say as a poet and writer is rooted both in your experience as a man who …

2018-12-13: The sky over Long Island City.

2018-12-13: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 13, 2018 Your hunger will dissolve if you can’t cope with animal disgust. The albatross will disavow your …

2018-12-12: The Three-Legged Buddha at Storm King Arts Center.

2018-12-12: My cat is not as evil as she looks in this picture, but I like how evil she looks nonetheless.

2018-12-12: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 12, 2018 Your white, well-muscled belly compensates for what’s beneath that pilfered wedding dress. Or at …

2018-12-11: Lines Left on the Cutting Room Floor - December 11, 2018 If faith requires doubt, you can’t pretend the other door will open when you ask: you need to …

2018-12-09: I’m looking for poets on Micro.blog. Anybody out there?

2018-12-09: The first five poems in my new, booklength sequence, This Sentence Is A Metaphor For Bridge, have …

2018-12-08: A lot of contemporary poetry I read these days seems built around metaphors & images …

2018-12-08: I think every working person should read this book regardless of party/political affiliation. …

2018-12-07: It’s 1 AM and I’m sitting in my dining room watching my Chanukah candles burn—I lit them late—and …

2018-12-05: This is a thought-provoking piece: nyti.ms I’m a Democrat and a Feminist. And I Support Betsy …

2018-12-04: Trying to like this book as much as the hype says I should, but no matter how gorgeous much of the …

2018-11-26: Hello Micro.blog. Just starting to learn how this works.