Thanks to Michael Schiavo for including my new poems, “Prism,” “Rain Loaves,” “the invention of heaven,” “imagine a day without pain,” and “wax moon” in the final series of THE EQUALIZER with poems by exciting poets Samuel Ace, Jeff Alessandrelli, Zachary Anderson, Rae Armantrout, Steve Barbaro, Alan Bernheimer, Elizabeth Bevilacqua, Cathleen Bonner, Ana Božičević, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Simon Brown, Megan Burns, Jenna Cardinale, Ching-In Chen, Lauren Rose Clark, Shane Clements, Clark Coolidge, Jack Davis, Jordan Davis, Shira Dentz, Christopher DeWeese, Cody Donovan, Trezlen Drake, Carolina Ebeid, Zack Finch, Jessica Fisher, Graham Foust, Benjamin Friedlander, Schuyler Greenway, Phillip Griffith, Luke Hankins, Nathan Hauke, Maximilian Heinegg, Destiny Hemphill, Walidah Imarisha, Mason Just, Robin Kirby, Michael Lally, Ricardo Alberto Maldonado, Carlos Gomez Marquez, Maya Marshall, Charlie Martin, Farid Matuk, Charlee Meiners, Lynn Melnick, Catherine Meng, Sharon Mesmer, Philip Metres, Robert Mittenthal, Gina Myers, Sanjana Nair, Urayoán Noel, Alice Notley, Dylan Nutter, Jena Osman, John Pluecker, Alex Quinn, Raquel Salas Rivera, Anthony Robinson, Judith Roitman, Jan Sanderson, Adam Strauss, Jacob Sunderlin, Eileen R. Tabios, Adam Tedesco, TC Tolbert, Gabriella Torres, Sarah Trudgeon, Jennifer Tseng, Vickie Vértiz, Emylisa Warrick, Afaa Michael Weaver, Stephen Scott Whitaker, Geoffrey Young, Timothy Yu

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reading sunday, december 16 in NYC


DECEMBER 16, 4-6pm



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DUSIE’s Tuesday poem #296: Shira Dentz

new poem this week in DUSIE

Tuesday, December 04, 2018


a-p-o-lo apo lo l-o-g-y

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new work in The Nervous Breakdown


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Reading in Philly this Saturday, 11/17!

Please join Accidental Player for a night of readings featuring Shira Dentz, Suro Kim, and Geoffrey Babbitt on Saturday, November 17 at 7 pm at Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St, Philadelphia, PA .

Shira Dentz is the author of five books, most recently how do i net thee (Salmon Poetry), the sun a blazing zero (forthcoming, Lavender Ink), and Sisyphusina (forthcoming, PANK ), and two chapbooks including FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her poetry, prose, and visual writing have appeared widely in venues including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, The Brooklyn Rail, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and NPR. She’s the recipient of awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize and the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards. Before pursuing graduate studies, she worked as a typesetter and graphic artist in the music industry in NYC. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she holds a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Upstate New York. More about her writing can be found at

Suro Kim is a poet based in Philadelphia. Their chapbook “Rhizomes” can be found at Birds of Lace Press. They are currently attending the MFA program at Temple

Geoffrey Babbitt is the author of Appendices Pulled from a Study on Light (Spuyten Duyvil 2018), which was a finalist for the Colorado Prize for Poetry, the Robert Kroetsch Award in Innovative Poetry, the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize, the Madeleine P. Plonsker Innovative Poetry First Book Prize, and the New Measure Poetry Prize. His poems and essays have appeared in North American Review, Pleiades, Colorado Review, DIAGRAM, Notre Dame Review, TYPO, Tarpaulin Sky, The Collagist, and elsewhere. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Utah and teaches at Hobart & William Smith Colleges, where he also coedits Seneca Review.
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Hanna Andrews reviews how do i net thee in OmniVerse 83

Hanna Andrews reviews how do I net thee

howdoinettheehow do I net thee
Shira Dentz
Salmon Poetry, 2018
85 pp.

In a 2016 “self-interview,” Thalia Field declares that situations—“paradoxical ecologies of perspectives and meanings”—make for “the best literature.” Field emphasizes the potential inherent to a situation’s “multiple spacio-temporal worlds, where nothing is necessarily more true or more important or more worthy of attention.” This idea seems not unrelated to Lyn Hejinian’s description of the “open text,” in which “all the elements of the work are maximally excited” and resist closure. Both the “situation” and the “open text” are sites of possibility—of the essai—and dynamic experience; direct and/or singular interpretations are abandoned in favor of slippage, association, re-invention without end. “Situations,” Field writes, “go beyond language toward awareness—extra-human, particular—and here is the possibility of getting past ourselves to explore all the sides of the living world.”

Shira Dentz’s latest book of poetry, how do i net thee, strikes me as attentive to exactly this sort of exploration. In this, her third full-length collection, Dentz does not discern between the particular and the panoramic; she is a poet who engages with both interiority and the natural world, not in equal measure, but in equal mixture. There is often no separation between the inside and the outside in these poems—a line from the poem “Ringed like a tree”: “We lived inside a fruit, pit silence” is followed with: “No-mother’s wing blown through like a flute / / The air is happy when it is lifting something.” (23)

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Reading at Utica College on Wednesday, 11/14

I’ll be reading as part of Utica College’s Jackson Lunch Hour Series in MacFarlane Audtiorium in Utica, NY, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at 12:30PM. More details can be found here

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Come write prose poetry with me on Saturday, 11/10

Join me for a one-day intensive workshop on the prose poem on Saturday, November 10. 2018, at the Hudson Valley Writer’s Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY. The day will consist of both generative experiments and workshopping, 12:30–4:30PM. You can find more details and registration information here

Writing the Prose Poem
November 10, 12:30 – 4:30pm
Hudson Valley Writers Center, Sleepy Hollow, NY

This one-day intensive workshop will consist of generative exercises and workshop. We’ll explore the elusive form of the prose poem through reading and discussing prose poems by poets including Francis Ponge, Rosmarie Waldrop, Claudia Rankine, and Charles Simic, and writing prompts will follow each of our discussions. Each hour we’ll enter a different portal to this liminal space, shifting our starting point from objects to metaphysics to social autobiography to the surreal. The question, “What is a prose poem?,” has been notoriously difficult to answer, and we will embark on an open-ended journey. Since form can be viewed in relation to its content, the prose poem is perhaps a most uncontained form (despite its formal regularity on the page). Together, we will plumb this textual and textural space, the nascent matter in your own generative imagination. As prelude to each day’s class, we will do warm-up sensory/language experiments to flex your bodily sense-perceptions, language, and imagination, and we will conclude on the second day with an extended workshop that will give everyone the chance to refine at least one prose poem they drafted through this workshop.

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how do i net thee is reviewed in The Iowa Review

Ralph Pennel reviews how do i net thee at The Iowa Review

The essential idea behind string theory is this: all fundamental particles of the Standard Model (which describes both the building blocks out of which t

he world is made and the forces through which these blocks interact) are really just different vibrating, oscillating strings. And, in many ways, this is also the shape that any work of art’s meaning takes inside us. This meaning vibrates within us at such a frequency that we are provided with ways to see how consciousness is also a consistent and fundamental component of the structure of the universe. how do i net thee, the latest collection of poetry by Shira Dentz, works to attempt just that. Each poem in the collection is a net, each line a thread, shaping and bending the fabric of meaning and what the fabric means within us. The book challenges us to simultaneously accept improbability and the improbability of singular interpretation, to work toward and against attempting to unify our curiosities, to accept that the greater truth eschews we even attempt to accept this truth. And it does so masterfully. Read more here

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& NOW 2018 Festival of Innovative Writing, 10/5–7

The University of Notre Dame is hosting the festival this year, and on Saturday, 10/6, 10:30AM—Noon, I will be participating on a panel, “(An) Alternate Notion(s) of Home,” with Johannes Görranssen, Mary-Kim Arnold, Diana Khoi Nguyen, and Alison Grimaldi Donahue. Details can be found here.

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