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“A javelin of lavender…asserts a dozen verities”: Donnelly’s Cloud Corporation

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poetry and Poetics
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Amid labyrinthine syntax, Timothy Donnelly is battling a kind of Minotaur: half-self, half-metaphysical conundrum; Donnelly’s sword is his mind.

A Thing with Feathers: Concrete and Abstract

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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We have seven hues, a silver gyre, seven swords of vision, and a prophet’s flaming tyre. Beats me as to what Campbell means, but almost all lyrical poems contain such moments of high gibberish.

A Study in Fixation

by Michael Klein Poetry and Poetics
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One senses Zapruder has only been thinking of his subjects only for as long as it takes him to write the poem: they’re happening, as opposed to happened.

What I Learned in School This Year

by Brian Chappell Academia
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Grad school: Don’t go. That is, don’t go–unless you must.

Scattered Rhymes Podcast is Coming to THEthe!

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Poetry and Poetics
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We’re pleased to announce that Ben Pease’s Scattered Rhymes podcast is going to become the official podcast of THEthe!

Joe Weil’s Album: I Hate Life

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Music
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[Recording: Joe Weil]

It’s Getting On Towards Winter: Reflections on Joe Salerno and Some Friends

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I try to tell my students that professionalism can be murderous. It can not offer what poetry truly has to give. It can succeed at the level of men, but it can not fail at the level of the truly profound and meaningful pact we make with love, beyond, and perhaps, because of our futility.

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 is Treason

by Stewart K. Lundy Language
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Forgiveness is therefore the very life of conversation and the heart of discourse. Without a constant flow of forgiveness even disagreement is impossible.

Derangement: Breton and Metaphor

by Joe Weil Language
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All metaphors are, eventually, false, inaccurate, distortians of reality. Reality itself is a distortion. Frost–the conservative–said as much.

Franco File

by Brian Chappell Film and TV
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If James Franco’s first name had been Ben, it would take very little to convince me that he is, in fact, the 24-hour multimedia reincarnation of the original King of Enterprise and Toil, Benjamin Franklin.

Sondheim, The Demon Lyricist of Broadway

by Alfred Corn Music
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Sondheim isn’t a man to cloud the expression of his judgments with considerations like politeness or collegial complicity. Were his rivals still alive, they might want to take out a contract on him.

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.

Memorial Day

by Lonely Christopher Poetry and Poetics
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White’s poems are mired in a period, but not stiffly so: they breathe, they surf along the pulse of memory and desire.

¿What Where? Poetry Series

by Micah Towery Poems of the Week

[Reading: Nov. 17]

Metaphor as Foundation of Consciousness

by Joe Weil Language
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Metaphors are committed to falsehood and inexactness for the sake of a possibility more vital than precision.

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