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Art

A Preface to a Blog: Auguries of Experience

February 14, 2010
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(image by David Shapiro ©2010) “Three coyotes turned up on the Columbia University campus on Sunday morning, prompting an e-mail alert to students and faculty.” A coyote is sweetness itself compared to a professor— and a professor is selfless compared to a poet— even the meanest sculptor is not as stupid as a University— a […]

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The Ill-Wrought Urn? A Literary Critical Debate in Truth & Beauty, Part 1

February 13, 2010
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Let’s begin with a recording of Ode on a Grecian Urn recited by Richard Howard, which was taken on 2/12/2010 through my iPhone. Ode on a Grecian Urn Thou still unravished bride of quietness, Thou foster child of silence and slow time, Sylvan historian, who canst thus express A flowery tale more sweetly than our rhyme: […]

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more correspondence

February 11, 2010
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I want to begin praising If There is Something to Desire by Vera Pavlova, translated by Steven Seymour (her husband, her muse! how romantic, how intrinsic!) released last month from Knopf, her first collection published in English. These one hundred poems go so far so terrifically fast (almost all under ten lines) that Pavlova seems […]

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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh Cuesmes, July 1880

February 10, 2010
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My Dear Theo, I am writing to you rather reluctantly because, for a good many reasons, I have kept silent for such a long time. To some extent you have become a stranger to me, and I to you perhaps more than you think. It is probably better for us not to go on like […]

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