Finders Keepers: Happen is Never Once

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William Faulkner said a lot of things about the past. Famously, for example: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past” (Requiem for a Nun). And one of my favorites, in Absalom, Absalom!:

“Maybe nothing ever happens once and is finished. Maybe happen is never once but like ripples maybe on water after the pebble sinks, the ripples moving on, spreading, the pool attached by a narrow umbilical water-cord to the next pool which the first pool feeds, has fed, did feed, let this second pool contain a different temperature of water, a different molecularity of having seen, felt, remembered, reflect in a different tone the infinite unchanging sky, it doesn’t matter: that pebble’s watery echo whose fall it did not even see moves across its surface too at the original ripple-space, to the old ineradicable rhythm…”

Yeah, I’m thinking poetry is this way too. Anyway, here are some poetry things to peep at or peruse.

Sugar House Review (issue 12)

Slug Magazine reviews the Fall/Winter 2015 issue of Sugar House Review, which includes David Dodd Lee’s erasure poem “Wakefulness” and “Amazon Reviews of a Book She Always Read to Us…” by Brandyn Johnson, and more. Slug says that SHR’s 12th issue takes up themes around the past, which is

at once, everything you hold dear and everything you must let go; a longing for bitterly deceased flavors, and anticipation for sweetly un-tasted ones.

Erasing Warhol

In his project “Erasing Warhol,” Derek Beaulieu is writing a book-length erasure of Andy Warhol’s a, A novel, “leaving only the punctuation & sound-effects.”

Wolf Cento by Simone Muench

One of the most difficult forms of found poetry to get right, I think, is the cento. To create a cento, a poet must weave full lines together without sounding like the poets she borrows from. For an example of a well-done cento, read “Wolf Cento” at

The small hours open their wounds for me.
This is a woman’s confession:
I keep this wolf because the wilderness gave it to me.

Pay Tribute to David Bowie in FPR Special Issue

Inspired by the musician, the icon, the artist, and the poet (who used the cut-up technique to write song lyrics, btw), we announce a call for submissions for our special “Bowietry” issue. Learn more and submit up to five poems by February 14th.

Collage by Ben Wells.

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