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by Sarah V. Schweig on March 31, 2010

The time has come to reveal (I think) the source (for those who don’t already know) of The The Poetry’s name, namely, “The Man on the Dump” by Wallace Stevens.  Here is a link to the full text.

Considering this, I wrote a little blurb to explain what this virtual forum is/might be.  Here that is:
The The Poetry Blog takes its name from Wallace Stevens’ poem “The Man on the Dump,” which ends with a question and an answer: “Where was it one first heard of the truth?  The the.”  The The is a forum for ideas on poetry and the poetic aspects of fiction, non-fiction, music, visual art, film, and “the things / That are on the dump (azaleas and so on) / And those that will be (azaleas and so on).”  Our contributors are writers, readers, artists, critics and so on.  Our readers are writers, readers, artists, critics and so on.  All are people on the dump, where “one sits and beats and old tin can, lard pail. / One beats and beats for that which one believes. / That’s what one wants to get near.”  We hope that The The will help us all get a little closer.

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Samantha Zighelboim April 1, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Here, here!
fellow azalea

Jillian Brall April 2, 2010 at 11:13 pm

! :-)

Evan Hansen April 4, 2010 at 9:48 am

There’s also the ol’ British underground musician (if you Google The The you’ll find him), which was my initial association.

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