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Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas – review

Poetry & Popular Culture: Out of the Taxi and into the Office: Melissa Girard Reviews "What Poetry Brings To Business"

Like the general public, vanguard poetry today displays a growing sense of alarm at class divisions, yet largely ignores in its own practice a number of symptoms of class conflict.

Poetry Notebook: Reflections on the Intensity of Language by Clive James -- Maureen Dowd on NPR's Fresh Air praised this for its liveliness and rigor, but cautioned that James as a critic is a formalist and that this collection is essentially untouched by concerns with multicuturalism, popular culture including rap or female poets.

Uhhh . . . after reading this I think my soul just took a dump. "Dunham’s sentiments, or at least the sentiments of her characters in Tiny Furniture, got me thinking: if Dunham—who is undeniably making a mark in popular culture (how permanent that mark will ultimately be is another question entirely)—feels this way about poetry, how many other people share her sentiments?" (from "I DON’T “GET” POETRY READINGS" by Bethany Prosseda)

The New Yorker is an American magazine of reportage, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry. It is published by Condé Nast. Started as a weekly in 1925, the magazine is now published 47 times annually. It is well known for its illustrated and often topical covers, its commentaries on popular culture and eccentric Americana, its attention to modern fiction by the inclusion of short stories and literary reviews.

HAIKU - One of the most popular forms of writing short poems is the haiku. Originating from Japan, the haiku has only seventeen syllables. There are three lines containing five, seven, and again five syllables.

Russell Brand: my life without drugs | Culture | The Guardian. Anyone who knows someone who struggles with addiction or has counseled an addict should read this