"Be relentless. All over the world, people are working harder than you."
Unsentimental advice from poet and memorist Sarah Manguso about building a career as a writer. (via FSG Work in Progress.)
Poems About Internet Dating.
Does what it says in the profile.
is an old poetic form invented by the troubadors; each of the thirty-nine lines ends with one of only six words, which gives the sestina a haunting, constricted feel. You might have read modern examples by Bishop
, or the even more modern "WTF Sestina"
by Meghann Marco. But you have probably never read a sestina which explains how to construct a sestina in the language of finite group theory.
(.pdf link) Via excellent mathblog God Plays Dice.