Category: Ephemera

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Ethics in Constraint: Liberation and Determinism in the Misheard Lyric

by David Huebert and Andy Verboom

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

David and Andy are the co-authors of Full Mondegreens, a winner of the Frog Hollow Chapbook Contest. Below is an example of the “full mondegreen” form that their chapbook explores,

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Conscientious Collaboration: Some Scenarios

by Geoffrey Morrison and Matthew Jack

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

Authorship

What if your collaborator is working with a ghost writer?

What if two collaborators each hire a ghostwriter to write their portions of the work,

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Conceptual Tools for Human Poems

by Daniel Cowper

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Conscientious Conceptualism and Poetic Practice” on the blog, curated by guest editor Andy Verboom.

Art is the process of pulling objects out of your self, looking at them hard, and trying to explain them to others. In this account,

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Poetry Could Be Bullshit: From Scatology to Conscientiousness

by Andy Verboom

“Poetry is bullshit.” This is, regretfully, how I opened my call for submissions for this month on The Town Crier. In qualifying the statement by linking to Harry Frankfurt’s 1986-philosophical-essay-repackaged-as-2005-bestselling-book, On Bullshit, I was trying to suggest that writing poetry, like Frankfurt’s notion of bullshitting bullshit,

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Where We Must Go from Here: Writing as Righting

by Natalie Wee

This piece concludes Natalie Wee’s month-long guest series on “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft.”

Wole Soyinka, the first African writer to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, spoke recently in The Atlantic about the irony of America’s political trajectory: once a safe haven for those fleeing civil unrest like himself,

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Speaking Truth to Power in the Post-Truth Era

by Kai Cheng Thom

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

To be a storyteller is to deal in the creation of power. As a Chinese trans girl who once dreamed of becoming a writer in colonial Canada’s predominantly white,

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Whose Truth Are We “Post-”?

by Sonnet L’Abbé

What follows is a poem and an essay, appearing as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

CVIII

Watch out for fake poetry. It plants ideas in the brain. It’s shape-think. It may fake the character of woo,

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Truth in Slant

by Anna Yin

The following piece appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

In her poem “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant” Emily Dickinson declared and cautioned, “The Truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind—.” Today,

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In An Alternative Reality, I’m Not Telling This Story

by Phoebe Wang

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

This is only temporarily, they said. Things will blow over soon. But just in case, we should pack the valuables—leave nothing behind for that upstart government to pick over.

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Memoir in the Age of Post-Truth

by Evelyn Deshane

The following essay appears as part of the month-long series “Post-Truth Politics and the Creative Craft” on the blog, curated by guest editor Natalie Wee.

I see it almost every time I open up a transgender memoir: true self, true gender, true authenticity.