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If Beyonce Were A Conceptual Poet…

March 4, 2011

Lingual Ladies (Put A Frame On It)

lyrics by Adeena Karasick

Even Playboy’s College Girls Love Poetry!

February 20, 2011

Ok, so it was 1996.

And it’s Kelsey Grammar’s crazy bananas RHWOBH “star” ex-wife Camille Grammar, who posed for Playboy’s College Girls April/May 1996 while a Film and Video major at NYU. Camille’s bio:

As a diehard rock-and-roll fan, Camille would like to put her training in film to good use as director of music videos. She also likes to paint, write poetry and go to the movies and off-Broadway plays. If you have ugly feet, a hairy back or a bad attitude you need not inquire about a date. But if you’re sensitive, creative, have soft lips and a nice smile you’d at least stand a chance.

Tiger Mom: not interested in your dissertation on Myung Mi Kim

February 20, 2011

via Tiger Mom Says


February 2, 2011

1. Oprah’s O Magazine is putting out a poetry issue to celebrate National Poetry Month; the theme is Express Yourself


2. Maria Shriver is the guest editor of Oprah’s O Magazine poetry issue




In addition to showcasing work from many of the world’s most celebrated poets, Shriver plans to include poems and thoughts on poetry from actors, athletes, musicians, and writers, including Demi Moore and Mike Tyson.


mike tyson?


admittedly, we’re not totally jazzed about shriver for the choice of guest editor–her tastes run more to mary oliver.  but at least having shriver on board will save us all from 100 pages of Maya Angelou reprints.  unless that’s a part of the contract as guest editor (probably is).


appropriately, the issue will hit news stands on a most literary date–March 15th.

Fancy Shit For Poets To Hang On The Wall

January 22, 2011

john ashbery by larry rivers at de Nagy


painters & poets at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery now through March 5

Whoa Pamela Anderson’s Boobs…Umm, I Mean Poems

December 23, 2010

you know we love getting poetry news from USA Today’s entertainment section.  what do we have to share with the group today?  nbd, just Pam Anderson’s poetry in the Holiday Anniversary issue of Playboy.



The youth … The wild that rose up from the ashes. The adults … Living and dead that fought for our rights … Artists … Sweet artists …. Hold on … Crazy, the world goes on … And goes ….


sorta Beat-y, no?  little bit lost Hollywood, a 20th century american struggle reference, open-ended non-ending.  bet she workshopped it with tommy lee.  also in that issue: bret easton ellis on the Jersey Shore and chloe sevingy on her Brown Bunny bj, which was way poetic, if ya don’t know.

celebrities are STILL just like poets!

December 21, 2010


OMG: there are book reviews in my gossip mag

November 10, 2010

And they’re written by an English Prof at PRINCETON!

Like most Life & Style writers, Dr. Chaudhary “specializes in postcolonial studies and critical theory. He has published articles on photography, film, travel literature, and contemporary theory.  He is particularly interested in Frankfurt school Marxism, visual culture, literary theory, and contemporary postcolonial literature and film. Ph.D. Cornell University.”

Taylor Swift…”maybe a poet”

October 26, 2010

In this commercial promoting her new album for Target, Taylor Swift discusses dreaming of becoming:

“a country singer, or maybe a poet, or a professional basketball player…well eventually I found my way.”


Snookin’ for a spot on the NYT best-seller list

September 30, 2010

Last week, one of my English professors asked, “So, is it SNOOK-I? or SNOO-KI?”

It’s like he knew this news was coming:

here’s the full press release:

Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books imprint announced today that it will publish a novel by Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, the breakout star from the hit MTV reality show Jersey Shore. Tentatively titled A SHORE THING, the novel will revolve around a girl looking for love on the boardwalk (one full of big hair, dark tans, and fights galore). A SHORE THING is currently scheduled for publication in January 2011.

Jersey Shore is the #1 original cable series among P12-34 and its second season is averaging over 5.7 million viewers. Polizzi has appeared on most major talk shows including The Tonight Show, the Late Show with David Letterman, The View, The Today Show, The Rachael Ray Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Chelsea Lately and more. She has also appeared in a variety of today’s most respected and popular publications such as The New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone amongst others . The lovable, straight-shooting, pint-sized “Snooki” also has a diehard fan base with over 600,000 Twitter followers.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi said: “I’m pumped to announce to my fans a project that I’ve been working on for some time. This book will have you falling in love at the shore. It’s ‘A Shore Thing!'”