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On Poets and Speakers

by Emily Vogel Poetry and Poetics
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I’ll read a poem about death, sadness, and strife, and in some cases, the suffering of the speaker, and then meet and converse with the contented and well-adjusted poet.

Scattered Rhymes is Coming! Josh Bell

by Ben Pease Poetry and Poetics
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The Scattered Rhymes podcast was making itself a home at THEthe. In anticipation of the coming podcast, we are reposting the old episodes from the Scattered Rhymes website.

Aesthete and Propagandist: An Interview with Gene Tanta

by Brooks Lampe Aesthetics
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It’s getting later than it’s ever been and the sonnet is nearly over: do you know where your closure is?

Poem of the Week: Sharon Olds

by Bianca Stone Poems of the Week
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[Ode to the The]

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness

by Joe Weil Academia
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The more things same, the more they same the change.
Things change by staying the same.
Things stay the same by changing.

‘Those are not the words’: Walt Whitman’s collapsing taxonomy of poetry

by Daniel Silliman Language
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Whitman seeks to establish a taxonomy of poetry, a system classifying what is good poetry, what bad, but the structure he establishes keeps collapsing.

Letter from Karnataka

by Colie Hoffman Writing
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While all this is magical, it’s really just a sideshow to the main attraction: For 10 straight weeks, I have all the free time in the world to write, write, write.

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: Emily Pettit

by Bianca Stone Poems of the Week
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[AN AGREEMENT REQUIRES / AN OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE]

Time, Death, & Video Games: Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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If you’re going to talk about such things as parallel universes, multiple lives, determinism and free will is not the video game a reputable analog?

Moby-Dick and metafiction ethics

by Daniel Silliman Fiction
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There should be a warning on the cover of Moby-Dick. Beware, it should say, reading this will require blood.

“Fractured at a Touch:” More on Abstract and Concrete

by Joe Weil Language
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We are always towards an abstraction, one way or the other, but the use of detail, how we emphasize or mute, or play with an image is at the heart of contemporary poetics.

How Beauty (No Stronger Than a Flower) Shall Hold a Plea

by Christopher Phelps Philosophy
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These poems thread and rethread the nature of identity—in theology and philosophy, called the problem of haecceity.

Poetry Fix Episode 16: Heather McHugh

by Chris Robinson Poetry and Poetics
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Mary Karr and Christopher Robinson discuss Heather McHugh’s poem “I Knew I’d Sing.”

Scattered Rhymes is Coming: Joseph Spece

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Poetry and Poetics
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Last week we made the exciting announcement that Ben Pease’s Scattered Rhymes podcast was making itself a home at THEthe.

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]

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