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Attention Span 2011 | Pattie McCarthy

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Elizabeth Willis | Address | Wesleyan | 2011

“I’m building the haystack / I’ll disappear into”

Cole Swensen | Greensward | Ugly Duckling | 2010

“It’s the future that vanishes, not thinking, and the dog sets off at a run, as it is, as it always has been, her gift and wish to bring it back to him.”

Carlos Soto Roman | Philadelphia’s Notebooks | Otoliths | 2011

“one pack one pagan one pain one panic one paper one / parachute one paradox one paragon one parade one”

Jena Osman | The Network | Fence | 2010

“Plaster, spikes, and rivets all overboard as ballast. To gain altitude, to fly high over the city like a small planet.”

Linda Norton | Public Gardens | Pressed Wafer | 2011

“She cries every night for three or four hours, and sometimes I think I’m going crazy, I’m so tired. But her shit really does smell sweet.”

Susan Howe | That This | New Directions | 2010

“That this book is a history of / a shadow that is a shadow of”

Ryan Eckes | Old News | Furniture | 2011

“you know by looking at the dunkin donuts / walt whitman is buried in camden / ben franklin is buried in philadelphia / and the delaware river is a zombie”

Julie Carr | Sarah—Of Fragments and Lines | Coffee House | 2010

“The / idea, which she knows to be illogic, but cannot let go of, is that / if she is pregnant the baby will keep her mother alive.”

Sarah Campbell | Everything We Could Ask For | Little Red Leaves | 2010

“Some bird brought you here / On foot”

Anselm Berrigan | Notes from Irrelevance | Wave | 2011

“Digging the ecstasy / of swinging? Yes. Laughing / at the tree? Is the tree / funny? Yes.”

Caroline Bergvall | Meddle English | Nightboat Books | 2011

“The body is ay so redy and penyble’, / the heed of advertising for Telewizja Polska, / the state-run TV network, / told the Associated Press news agency. / BBC NEWS 25 May 2006. / Here is endeth the Summer Tale.”

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Pattie McCarthy is the author of Table Alphabetical of Hard Words, Verso, and bk of (h)rs, all from Apogee Press—as well as L&O, forthcoming this year from Little Red Leaves Press. She teaches literature and creative writing at Temple University and is a 2011 Pew Fellow in the Arts.

McCarthy’s Attention Span for 2010. Back to 2011 directory.

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