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New Output

Thanks to HTML Giant for featuring stuff from my new desperate for a title project. I wrote most of it in bed. Suggestions welcome.

Check out Danika’s poem, which I adore,  here.

She kicked off Sunday Service. Giant will be featuring a poem every Sunday. Good reason to go. Particularly since readers aren’t afraid to say what they think of the poem. See comments on Danika’s.  Whatever discussion this poem creates will probably be more useful than the poem. I hope the poem is useless.

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Joe Hall is the author of five books of poetry, including Someone's Utopia (2018) and Fugue & Strike (forthcoming). His poems, reviews, and scholarship have appeared in Poetry Daily, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Postcolonial Studies, Peach Mag,, PEN America Blog, Poetry Northwest, Ethel Zine, Gulf Coast, Best Buds! Collective, and Eighteenth-Century Fiction. He has taught poetry workshops for teachers, teens, and workers through Just Buffalo and the WNYCOSH Worker Center.


  1. rwrite

    Just curious if that was a riff off the comment, “… I am starting to assemble clues as to why people fall so hopelessly in love with poetry. I see that it can do things that nothing else can do. It has uses. It can fill spaces where nothing else would fit.”

    I’m curious because I remember your I’ll-kick-somebody-in-the-nuts-rather-than-justify-poetry-to-anybody attitude, and was wondering if “use” falls too close to justification.

  2. joescirehall

    Hey Tom!

    It was not an intentional reply. Did you write that in the thread on HTML Giant? Who wrote that?

    I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with the idea that it fills spaces where nothing else fits. Those are probably crooked, weird spaces. Spaces left because they are functionally useless or their usefulness is below some human horizon.

    Anyway, I had been thinking about uselessness and utility lately. And decided that the best things/forms are the most useless things/forms. It’s an ideal state!

    Obviously, at this point it would be useful to define use and uselessness…

  3. rwrite

    ’twas I what wrote that, yes. There are lots of crooked weird spaces people need filling or they a) go nuts, like houses that aren’t energy efficient b) take medication to not go nuts. If poetry can reduce consumption and production of anti-depressants, that’s utility. Also, I’m pro expansion of consciousness simply for its own sake. Just like I’m for the space program for the sake of going into space. What’s the point of having people lying around on earth all over the place selling each other scotch tape? I’m for big purposes and weird psychic spaces as THE ends of whatever means they’re ending.

    PS Fuck you and everybody. (I mean that in the nicest way possible).

  4. joescirehall

    Hahaha. I still say we’re on the same side except we use different metaphors.

    Moving to Leonardtown Wednesday. We should get together after New Years and play music.

  5. rwrite

    Sounds good, although…. are you free before New Years? I’m doing nothing but writing a giant paper all day every day UNTIL New Years. Wife and kids have abandoned my scholarly ass for the beach house.

  6. joescirehall

    I can tell yr writing a paper, due to all the internet activity.

    hmm…you willing to come down to the house Wed or Thurs night?

  7. radioactive moat is reading submissions until february 2nd

    we’re interested in you

  8. joescirehall

    Hey Paul–

    I’ll see what I got and submit. Thanks for letting me know about your journal.

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