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Friday, January 17, 2014


Very glad to receive copies of my first book, In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes (Publication Studio 2013), in the mail this week! Big thanks to Patricia No and Antonia Pinter at Publication Studio Portland, Ore. for the tremendous patience and care they put into this project.


Joseph Lease has said, “In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes is gorgeous and heartbreaking, and it changes everything. Nathan Hauke is one of the best poets writing today.” A visual compost that tracks the breakdown of a marriage next to the process of writing the manuscript text through layers of old letters, handwritten journals and earlier drafts, In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes, is a postmodern eclogue that attempts to address upheaval by exploring the way divorce rewires pastoral imaginations of place. These poems were hand-edited and those edits appear in facsimile transcription, a transparent erasure of things past that marks the force with which poverty strips away static notions of identity to reveal what is and is not essential to generative contact with the world. A sequence from In the Marble of Your Animal Eyes was recently featured in the “Textual Ecologies” section of The Arcadia Project: Postmodern North American Pastoral (Ahsahta 2012). Hauke’s poems have been published in a wide variety of journals including American Letters & Commentary, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Interim, The Laurel Review, and New American Writing.

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


Here's a link to "Disrupting the Solitary Singer," an interview that I did with poet/ publisher Paul Naylor for Drunken Boat #18.

Paul Naylor: “Attempting to step to the side of what I called our ‘habitual anthropocentric perspective’ requires some counterprograming, so to speak, and the only way I know of to enact that counterprograming is through adopting particular practices that go against the grain of “business as usual.” For me, tai chi, zazen, and, of course, writing poetry are particular practices I cultivate to widen my perspective. Most of the ideologies we’re confronted with every day ask us to think of our minds and bodies as separate realms, each with their own desires and rationales that, more often than not, set up a conflict between those two realms that—again, more often than not—render us less resistant to the seductions of those ideologies. I see tai chi, zazen, and poetry as practices that help me resist those demands; those practices invariably bring me back to the fact that my mind and body aren’t separate realms, which helps render the ‘divide and conquer’ strategy of contemporary consumer culture somewhat less effective.”
So glad for the opportunity to have this talk with Paul across the edge of last summer.

Thanks to review editor, Shira Dentz, and Drunken Boat for having me!