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we publish original poetry, prose, and interviews twice a year at yalelitmag.com& re-publish other things we like here.  

Mark Strand's Collages

"Before Mark Strand became one of the great contemporary American poets, he trained as a painter. At Yale in the nineteen-fifties, he studied under the color theorist Josef Albers, and throughout his life he has continued making paintings, prints, and collages." - the new yorker

lareviewofbooks:

"If much else is murky, one thing is clear: you cannot understand #Ferguson without hitting the books. Though the continued relevance of many of our best nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers on race and social justice may be somewhat, well, dispiriting here in 2014— one wishes that we were living in a somewhat less nineteenth-century world — Avidly insists that we keep digging deep, going back to the well, drawing from those who have written before. Here we offer a literary history of sorts, a collection of words that we hope galvanize us all to action.”
LARB Channel Avidly offers a reading guide to Ferguson’s literary history.

lareviewofbooks:

"If much else is murky, one thing is clear: you cannot understand #Ferguson without hitting the books. Though the continued relevance of many of our best nineteenth- and twentieth-century writers on race and social justice may be somewhat, well, dispiriting here in 2014— one wishes that we were living in a somewhat less nineteenth-century world — Avidly insists that we keep digging deep, going back to the well, drawing from those who have written before. Here we offer a literary history of sorts, a collection of words that we hope galvanize us all to action.”

LARB Channel Avidly offers a reading guide to Ferguson’s literary history.

quentintortellini:

History Parallels

1st image: 1967 Newark Riots

2nd image: 2014 Ferguson Protests

3rd image: 1964 Harlem Riots

4th image: 2014 Ferguson Protests

(via therumpus)

We're Very Proud and We Love You So Much: Fringe NYC

A couple gets locked in a palindromic relationship for all of eternity. A traditional marriage activist named Adam argues that marriage can only take place between a man and a woman named Adam and Eve respectively. An aged child-star named Pepsi Garbage discovers “a way to find out the truth” through audience applause. 

His Majesty, the Baby was conceived by five best friends at Yale who all felt that comedy was very upsetting, and who all liked being very upset. 

https://www.facebook.com/hismajestythebaby

YEAH, UH, POLITICAL RAP

YO YO

DEMON APATHY, YO ZAPPITY

the government of death

all in the realm of death is

nothing else but peace

its inhabitants have all received

equal rites

because they received equal rights

that is, the services, personal and

complete,

without prejudice of death

death—

truly a great god of endless victory

after victory

what a kingdom

is the kingdom of death

its inhabitants are

without number

through the ages

they have entered

with perfect discipline

and unbending loyalty

to the majesty

of the invisible power of

death

all governments 

on earth

set up by men

are discriminating

but the government of death is a 

pure government

it treats all in an equal manner

it is a startling, revealing picture

of equality for all

and all in the realm of death

is nothing else but 

peace

 -SUN RA, “THIS PLANET IS DOOMED”

A new literary movement has struggled out of the muck, stretched its legs, and howled into the air. It’s called “eco-fabulism,” anointed by a panel at the 2014 AWP Conference (titled “Fabulist Fiction for a Hot Planet!”) and re-anointed (or extra-anointed?) by Matt Bell in an interview with Sonora Review. Eco-fabulism refers to a group of texts that explore, in one way or another, mankind’s destructive tendencies regarding nature