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Equality Rules

The Equalizer series is complete! See the final three installments below, plus the final series all in one pdf, along with a note from editor, Michael Schiavo.

The Equalizer 1.13 Henry Gould’s Lanthanum 4

The Equalizer 1.14 Tony Tost, Maureen Thorson, Lytton Smith, Richard Deming, Cosmo Spinosa, James Meetze, Matt Cozart, Eric Unger, Janaka Stucky, Cody Walker, Katherine Factor, Matt Hart, Buck Downs, and Jim Behrle.

The Equalizer 1.15 Mark Horosky’s Fabulous Beasts

The Equalizer – First Series


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November 14th, 2010 / 4:28 pm

Rule of Threes {Morning Edition}

1. It is very early.  My dog has decided to ignore her bad hips, and she’s jumped into bed with me. My coffee’s lukewarm. My head is swimming. I’m definitely skipping capoeira practice this morning. BUT last night’s reading at New College (thank you Mr. Niedenthal) featuring Chloé Cooper Jones and Megan Boyle was fantastic! The crowd was so receptive! I’m pretty amazed when people can be downright funny in their writing. Right? Someone once said my first chapbook was playful–that’s as close as I’ve come. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor when it comes to appreciating funny, but it sure doesn’t come naturally to write funny. I’m always way more concerned with the way the words are bumping up against each other, maybe? I don’t know. So, anyway, I have these lovely and talented writers at my house for the weekend; maybe I’ll pick their brains. How can I be funny, Chloé? What’s your secret, Megan? They’ll be polite about it and secretly roll their eyes.

2. There are WAY MORE sections of The Equalizer available for download. I have some poems in 1.10, and I mention this because I went back and rewrote one of those poems backwards in revision a few weeks ago. Have you ever written something backwards? I learned this in a workshop with Sarah Maclay. She wrote one of my poems backwards for me and BAM! it was a fucking great poem. I do this with select poems from my students all the time. I think it has something to do with the finding the poem as you’re writing–sometimes that doesn’t happen until the end, but the early stuff has the perfect seeds of working-up-to-ness. So, I did this with a poem that Michael published in The Equalizer. Does that mean the old version is null and void because I say so? Does it mean there are two poems with the same title? How many of you revise after publication?

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October 23rd, 2010 / 9:07 am

A Thing That Has an Equalizing Effect

More sections from The Equalizer!

The Equalizer 1.3:   Joshua Corey, Stephanie Anderson, Buck Downs, Shanna Compton, Laura Carter, Peter Davis, Alana Dagen, Reb Livingston, Cody Walker, John Cotter, Craig Santos Perez, and Chris Martin.

The Equalizer 1.4:   A selection from John Gallaher’s Guidebooks.

The Equalizer 1.5:   Cynthia Cruz, Reb Livingston, Allison Gauss, Jill Alexander Essbaum, Cody Walker, Buck Downs, Barbara Cully, Peter Davis, Lucas Farrell, Stephanie Anderson, Noah Falck, Carol Fink, Corrine Fitzpatrick, Matt Hart, Maureen Thorson, Amy King, and Chris Martin.

The Equalizer 1.6: Lucas Farrell’s “The Dual-Shade of Six-Prong.”


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October 12th, 2010 / 9:41 pm

Slice and Scan THIS

1. What do we think about “slice and scan”? {Jennifer Howard, “Digitizing the Personal Library,” Chronicle of Higher Ed}

2. Viral poetry! Michael Schiavo has just released the first two sections of his pdf poetry project, The Equalizer: First Series consisting of 75 poets, 15 sections, distributed to anyone who wants to read every other day during the month of October. What makes it viral? Schiavo includes this blurb with his emails:

Please forward this email and attachment to interested readers. If you’d like to sign up for The Equalizer mailing list to receive sections as they’re released throughout October 2010, please email Visit for more information, including updates & links to websites that will be hosting some or all of The Equalizer sections. Feel free to post this PDF to your blog or website. Please include the names of contributors in your post.

The Equalizer 1.1 is Summer Block, Jim Behrle, Macgregor Card, Mark Bibbins, Emily Anderson, Aaron Belz, Don Share, Cody Walker, Christopher Salerno, Amick Boone, Adam Clay, Buck Downs, Stephanie Anderson, Owen Barker, and CAConrad.

The Equalizer 1.2 features Matt Hart’s “Write This Today While You Were.”

I’ll keep posting sections here, but get on the mailing list; it’s like a giant chain letter without any threat of sudden death if you don’t forward it along. I think it’s a pretty cool idea. Thank you, Michael. READ MORE >

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October 4th, 2010 / 6:54 pm