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Open Letter to the New Yorker

Dear New Yorker, I’m writing to you concerning the racism of the 6,000-word profile of Kenny Goldsmith titled “Something Borrowed.” The racism expresses itself structurally: understanding that some readers will already be aware of the controversy around Kenny’s work, and…






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Toto Merumeni

[Here’s another translation I did a long time ago of a poem by Italian “crepuscular” poet Guido Gozzano (1883-1916). I discovered it in a volume called The Poem Itself edited by Stanley Burnshaw that contained several non-English poems along with…






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A Version of “Zone”

[Here’s a very old translation, now heavily revised, I first did when I was 21 at Bard that I’m posting just because David Lehman just published a new translation of this very amazing poem. I took a dig at Lehman’s…