My imagination makes me human
and makes me a fool;
it gives me all the world
and exiles me from it.
--Ursula K. Le Guin
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Online Literary Articles

1. "The Face and Place of Poetry, an interview with Alice Quinn, Poetry Editor for The New Yorker Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor Online

2. "Knoxville: Summer 1998," by Jack Neely, MetroPulse, 6/8/98

3. "Publishing on the Web," Amy Holman, Poetry Webring

4. "Word by Word: Anne Lamott's Online Diary," Salon

5. "Books That Changed Our Lives,"'s Laura Miller compiles essays by authors on books that most influenced their writing lives, 9/30/96.

6. Interview with Phillip Levine, The Cortland Review, 5/2/99

7. Billy Collins, Poet Laureate, interviews and articles on

8. "They Have the Numbers; We, the Heights," an essay by Harold Bloom which introduced The Best of the Best American Poetry, 1988-1997, published in April 1998 by Scribner. For the book, series editor David Lehman asked Bloom to choose seventy-five poems from the annual's first ten volumes--750 poems in all, selected by guest editors John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Jorie Graham, Mark Strand, Charles Simic, Louise Gluck, A. R. Ammons, Richard Howard, Adrienne Rich, and James Tate. Lehman explains in his preface to the book that "since poets had done the selecting for the individual volumes, I thought to entrust this new task to a critic--preferably a fearless and influential one, with strong opinions, sophisticated taste, and a passion for poetry that matches any poet's." Bloom, in typical fashion, rose to the challenge--taking the occasion to comment not only on his choices and omissions but to mount a spirited critique of contemporary poetry, criticism, and cultural sensibilities. --Joshua Cohen, Editor-in-Chief, Boston Review Online

9. Lu Chi's Wen Fu, The Art of Writing, circa 300 A.D., based on a translation by Shih-Hsiang Chen, 1952, modified after consulting a translation by Sam Hamill, 1991. China's first ars poetica written by Chinese writer, poet, and theorist, Lu Chi (261-303). It's hard to believe that a book written around 200 A.D. can so poignantly describe the writing life. Everything that concerns the modern writer is beautifully addressed, from writer's block ("Sometimes the door remains bolted") to language's limitations ("all their real jewels cannot fill the cup I make of my fingers"), upwards to the writer's re-vision of themes ("a common song sung to a great melody is another way to find beauty") and the joy of creating, of finding the infinite in the minute ("in a single yard of silk, there is infinite space"). This book is also available at