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Texas, Being

where blind catfish cruise / limestone caverns // from deeper we drink / while a man sweets tea

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Poem for Wine

We’re all emerging from whatever reclusive hole we burrowed into after the end of our Writer’s Workshop, facing the light of day with bleary eyes, wondering who these strangers are who walk the streets. When we close our eyes, though, we still see visions of debauchery and beauty in equal measure. We’ll let workshop faculty […]

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The Sadness of the Yankees Fan

During yesterday’s fourth straight loss for the New York Yankees, we were reminded of this David Shields poem, from Issue 43, Games People Play. May the “gorgeous dream” never die . . .   THE SADNESS OF THE YANKEES FAN   The sadness of the Yankees fan lies in his knowledge that his gorgeous dream […]

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Tin House Reels: Abigail Warren & Scout Cuomo

This week’s feature from Tin House Reels, A Field Guide to Salmon, is the sort of collaboration between visual and verbal artists that we get excited about—a playful interaction between words and pictures that changes the spirit of both. Looking to collaborate with a painter, poet Abigail Warren found Scout Cuomo at an art show: “Scout […]

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Who Needs Us?

A rather gloomy spring day here in Portland has us going back to an essential question, last asked by Dorianne Laux in Issue 42. ggg Who Needs Us? hhhh The quiet, the bitter, the bereaved, the going forth of us, the coming home, the drag and pull of us, the tome and teem and tensile […]

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Tin House Reels: Carolina Melis

Tin House Reels is excited to share the work of Carolina Melis this week. Melis’ short film Le fiamme di Nule combines live footage and animation to tell the story of three weavers, Anna, Rosa, and Maria, competing in a contest in the Sardinian village of Nule. When all is revealed, the women create three very different […]

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Tin House Reels: Zbigniew Czapla

Zbigniew Czapla created this week’s Tin House Reels feature, This World–a short based on the poem of the same title by Czeslaw Milosz–at the invitation of the Fundacja Pogranicze, as part of a multimedia exhibition at the Museum of Czeslaw Milosz in Krasnogruda. Czapla calls his project “a catastrophic vision and poetic perspective on human […]

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Tin House Reels: Jordan Bruner

As devoted fans of Jordan Bruner’s sensually rich films, Tin House Reels is once again excited to engage with her unique sense of community. Taking a Eve Ensler poem as its source material, “And Then We Were Jumping” is a warm mediation on justice and the ways we both heal ourselves and those around us. The […]

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Tin House Reels: Valeriy Kozhin

This week, Tin House Reels is pleased to share The Gardener’s Dream by director and animator Valeriy Kozhin. Kozhin’s film transforms Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Mad Gardener’s Song” into a surrealist adventure that maintains the spirit of the poet’s work and incorporates a wildness that is all Kozhin’s. The film conveys an abstracted conceit of a […]

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The Blow Received Before the Stroke: Adam Soldofsky’s Blind Swordsman Poetry

Poet Adam Soldofsky is the mind behind The Blind Swordsman Poems, his inspired series of poems composed of screenshots from Japan’s cultic Zatoichi films. Via word and image, Soldofsky craft poems that are part charming, quizzical, Zen koan, part pop culture haiku. Each finds the song in the film’s subtitles and the slant connections between […]

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Tin House Reels: Bianca Stone

Epitaph in Reverse, today’s feature from Bianca Stone, includes the sort of artistic play that shows the author’s permissive relationship to her own creative mind. There is an elasticity to Stone’s process- she lets ink drops bleed, invites smudging, and whitewashes sections of her drawings for an explicit redo. “Since I end up eviscerating the […]

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Like A Beggar: A Conversation with Ellen Bass

Over the past two years, I have followed Ellen Bass through her publications in Tin House to the pages of the New Yorker and countless other journals. I was thrilled to have the chance to speak with her over the phone recently, as we discussed a wide range of topics: repetition, heart, invisibility, the god of […]

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Fables and The Pedestrians: An Interview with Rachel Zucker

While it is not a big secret that I admire female poets, it was geometry, not gender, that first drew me to Rachel Zucker’s work. Along with a deliciously catchy title, Zucker’s third book, The Bad Wife Handbook (Wesleyan Poetry), was published long and horizontally, the distinct shape of the book a perfect match for […]

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Whitman Illuminated

A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child?… .I do not know what it is any more than he. I guess it must be the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven. From Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself, illustrated by Allen Crawford, […]

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Tin House Reels: Kate Jessop

This week’s featured filmmaker, Kate Jessop, started off as a visual artist and musician and “accidently ended up as a filmmaker after being slipped a copy of Final Cut Pro.” At the age of 26, armed with her new toy, she made a narrative film called Desires, which would go on to be shortlisted for the […]

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You’re Mine: A Valentine from Bianca Stone

In the 1990′s, it seems I was only laboring over which Valentine to give Peter MacIntyre. It was a delicate matter, as subtleties are not lost on 3rd graders. Should I choose something terrifying, like the one that said (simply) “I Love You” inside a Ninja Turtle heart? Certainly not “Cowabunga, You’re Neat,” which would go to […]

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Tin House Reels: Afroditi Bitzouni

Tin House Reels is pleased to screen Afroditi Bitzouni’s animated interpretation of the Greek poet Tasos Livaditis’s “Night.” Bitzouni conceived her video “when my laptop was broken.” “At that time,” she explains, “there was nothing better to do other than flipping the pages of my fairytales and reading my favorite poems.  I was reading [the […]

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Desiderata: Our Favorite Poetry of 2013

“Let’s just take a sec to acknowledge that if 2013 was about anything, it was about defining, or really re-defining, the reader. Personally, I was redefined by some poems. Tony Hoagland and Mary Ruefle and Mary Szybist and Frank Bidart, in particular.”- Cheston Knapp (Managing Editor, Tin House Magazine) Veronica Martin (Columnist, The Open Bar): Soul in […]

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Richmond

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for introductions to the cities in which they write, […]

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Greenville

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for introductions to the cities in which they write, […]

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Minneapolis

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for an introduction to the city in which they […]

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Tin House Nooner: Matthew Dickman

On Today’s Nooner, our own Matthew Dickman reads from a selection of his work (including a few from Mayakovsky’s Revolver, his excellent 2012 collection) that both starts the party and helps heal the wounds that inevitably occur when it ends.

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3′ x 9.999˝

From Issue 53, The Portland/Brooklyn Issue, a reminder of why we love our Portland poets, even after they leave. hhhh 3′ x 9.999˝   Remarking remarks on a peg republic of wall, I can resist my own weight on braided wire. Double it, in the eggy heath.   Tinny whack to the dowel, occurring flat […]

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This City Could Be Your Poet: Boston

As Xenophobic as we Portlanders can be, we know our city is not alone when it comes to having a vibrant and eclectic and wild poetry community. In an effort to discover these territories, we have reached out to some of our favorite poets, asking them for an introduction to the city in which they […]

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Your Weekly Forecast: Richard Brautigan

The Weather in San Francisco

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