Micah Towery

The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

by Micah Towery Philosophy
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

Tom Sleigh, Anthropologist

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Formality, in this case, allows Sleigh to achieve a reflexivity and self-awareness without the cloying injections that deliberately remind the reader of the existence of the poet.

Translating Horace: Ode i.5

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Horace is just too good a craftsman for a translation to do him any ultimate justice. Yet I believe translators hope for a sort of “good will” that can exist between between themselves and the poet.

Kenneth Burke: Do you Eros into Logos? (with a note on Tu Fu)

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Poets who write for self-expression write awful poetry. They don’t seek advice but affirmation.

How Tu Fu Works

by Micah Towery Aesthetics
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We perceive a break between images and feeling. But perhaps this break is artificial. We acknowledge that images can evoke feelings, perhaps that there is an “objective correlative” that can reliably evoke feelings. But perhaps what is being suggested here is that the category break is weaker than we think. The image (object) is already interpreted: “values are the way we see things.”

Some Notes on Translations of Horace

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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If you are a poet writing in English, you carry Horace in your own voice.

THEthe Poetry: 2010 Year in Review

by Micah Towery TheThe Poetry Blog
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All answers, of course, are functions of the question, so…take this list with a grain of salt.

Civil Rights Moonwalk: Michael Jackson, Armond White, and Democracy

by Micah Towery Film and TV
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A focus on the human person allows White to cut right to the heart of cultural issues without getting lost or tossed around in the media firestorms that accompany cultural events.

Poem of the Week Doubleheader! Colie Hoffman & Maya Funaro

by Micah Towery Poems of the Week
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[Poem of the Week: Maya Funaro and Colie Hoffman]

Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman “Limits”

by Micah Towery Poems of the Week
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[Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman]

Translation, Film, and the ESL Student

by Micah Towery Film and TV
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A new language is a bully. Learning a new language is not really learning a new way to communicate, but a new way to think.

¿What Where? Poetry Series

by Micah Towery Poems of the Week

[Reading: Nov. 17]

Adam Fitzgerald’s “Life of Gorgias”

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Not only is Adam a teaching, magazine editing, book publishing maniac, he’s also managed to put together a poem collage in all that spare time he has.

Sarah V. Schweig, Zachary Pace, & more!

by Micah Towery Poems of the Week

[Reading: Oct 22]

Is Democracy Incompatible with the Humanities?

by Micah Towery Academia
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Humanities programs aren’t being attacked because the voters are cretinous philistines (though we poets & writers prefer to stroke our own egos in thinking so). The humanities are suffering an identity crisis and are being picked off as the weakest competitors for state funding.

What’s Your Style Book of Choice?

by Micah Towery Academia
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I followed Strunk religiously until I read Geoffrey Pullum’s extensive bitchfest in the Chronicle of Higher Education about Strunk & White, and in recent years I have reconsidered my devotion.

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