Book Review: Mr. West

In Mr. West, Blake attempts a conversation with myth, trying to navigate and break down the barriers that surround the construction of persona using Kanye West as a vehicle and a mirror for the concept of humanity.


Finders Keepers: Reactions

Last week I mentioned Kenneth Goldsmith’s performance of his conceptual poem “The Body of Michael Brown.” Goldsmith’s choice to appropriate the content of Michael Brown’s autopsy document has triggered many strong reactions. Here are some that stood out:


Finders Keepers: I Am Not A Crook

You likely heard about the similarities between Tom Petty’s song “I Won’t Back Down” and Sam Smith’s song “Stay With Me.” The discussion brings to mind many of the familiar arguments about appropriation, sampling and straight up theft. Last week at the A.V. Club, Alex McCown took on the issue, evoking great minds such as Carl Jung, T.S. Eliot and The Simpsons.


Finders Keepers: Beneath the Daily Noise

Found Poetry Review’s Book Reviews Editor Douglas Luman is a “volunteer poet” for the month of October for Tupelo Press’ 30/30 Project. That means he is among a group of poets contributing 30 poems in 30 days to help raise funds (and readership) in support of the literary press.


Finders Keepers: In Jest

I once saw a poet perform his poems while playing “beatbox harmonica.” Admittedly, it was pretty cool. As a person generally regarded to have “no rhythm,” it was a bit out of my league. Until now.