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Attention Span 2012 | Michael Scharf

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Adil Jusawalla | Trying to Say Goodbye | Almost Island | 2011

“Trapped land, your stunning stash
in patched-up hideaways,
may you find an out.”

Benjamin Friedlander | One Hundred Etudes | Edge | 2012

“But who

Rhymes ‘pain’ for
Loaf of bread’?
No revolution ever

Caught my finger
In history’s cardoor,
But I hear

Your key turn
In my head.”

The ‘ardor’ in ‘cardoor’ = part of BF’s genius

Bill Luoma | Some Math | Kenning | 2011

The landfall of a continental glacier

Cecelia Vicuña | SABORAMI | ChainLinks | 2011

Publishing that redefines the Anglophone 70s

Josef Kaplan | Democracy is Not for the People | Truck | 2012

No tenable position to take within what’s given (global transactionalism; collective action vs. the military/militarized police; bourgeois literary apparatus/print response) and what one is forced to become

Not the same thing as nihilism


Kynpham Sing Nongkynrih | The Yearning of Seeds | HarperCollinsIndia | 2011

“I hate the season when my thoughts
bend to leaders like the wind.”

Lisa Robertson | the venus problem, Or “On Physical Real Beginning and What Happens Next by T. Lucretius Carus: An Essay on Translation.” Poetry and prose | Triple Canopy | 2011

“go Venus go vernal”

Regan Good | The Atlantic House | Harry Tankoos | 2011

“I thought: Here is the surface on which to see Nature,
but as I turned it to regard me, my face was nil, nihil.”

Sonam Kachru | The Last Embrace of Color and Leaf: Introducing Aśvaghoṣa’s Disjunctive Style | Almost Island | 2012

“In these two feet, after a flurried denial of activity, a verbal root (sthā; meaning, to stand) is folded into a nominal form, the past passive participle, and rhymed with an arresting word that precedes it, likhitā, meaning painted: likhitāivasthitāh: thus, ‘drained of action,’ the verse seems to say, ‘they stood, as if painted.'”

Vahni Capildeo | Dark & Unaccustomed Words | Eggbox | 2012

“This needs time: that goes far:
wait, a whole work, like heaven.

And radiant intersections give up sight.

Drop day.

Admit I hold more light.”


Michael Scharf is the author of For Kid Rock/Total Freedom. His collection of critical work, The Res Poetica, is forthcoming. He lives in New York, where he works in natural language processing, and in Shillong.

Michael Scharf’s contributions to Attention Span for 201120102009200820072006200520042003. Return to directory for 2012.

Written by Steve Evans

November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

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