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Silliman's Blog

A weblog focused on contemporary poetry and poetics.

Updated: 2017-02-09T17:41:24.465-05:00



Tom Raworth 1938 -- 2017 A link here to the Poetry Foundation's recording of Tom Raworth reading "Gaslight": a line of faces borders the strangler’s work heavy european women mist blows over dusty tropical plants lit from beneath the leaves by a spotlight mist in my mind a riffled deck   of cards or eccentrics was i a waterton animal my head is not my own   poetry



David Meltzer1937 - 2016 Here is a note I wrote on David's work here in 2005. I’ve written on numerous occasions that the so-called San Francisco Renaissance was largely a fiction, perpetrated in part by Donald Allen in order to give The New American Poetry a section that acknowledged just how much of this phenomenon rose up out of the San Francisco Bay Area – a literary backwater


My mother,Patricia Tansley Silliman,would have been 90 today


I have a dream. The first time as history, the second time as farce. My dream is this. The disaster that is Hillary Clinton’s email server lies not in what’s on it, although that may turn ugly down the road as well, so much as it lies in what that box tells us about Hillary Clinton. That she was totally paranoid after decades of abuse on the part


The syllabus for my University of Pennsylvania course English 111 Experimental Writing: Poetry and Poetics  can now be found online here