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Poetry and Poetics

Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: On Piety

December 21, 2010
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In the full complexity of human constructs piety is the rhetoric of conflicting and supposedly coherent values.

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C.D. Wright’s Masterpiece

December 20, 2010
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History as a subject reads best when it is both documented and re-imagined

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Ronin Poet: Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings

December 17, 2010
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Brian Kalkbrenner’s Foul Feelings is the closest thing in English, spiritually, to haiku that I can possibly think of.

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Poem(s) of the Week: M.A. Vizsolyi

December 16, 2010
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[The Case of Archie 12 & 10]

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Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: Some Definitions and a Parable about Chickens

December 15, 2010
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The chickens are purifying their system, purging it of corruption. Meanwhile, the chickens who willfully refuse to answer the bell are seen as impious, as negative, as renegades.

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Here Be Dragons

December 14, 2010
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We all have our ways of dealing with the unknown, I guess. Apparently cartographers used to write “Here be dragons” on sections of uncharted territory, especially oceans.

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On Poets and Speakers

December 13, 2010
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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.

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Scattered Rhymes is Coming! Josh Bell

December 11, 2010
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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.

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Aesthete and Propagandist: An Interview with Gene Tanta

December 10, 2010
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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?

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Poem of the Week: Sharon Olds

December 9, 2010
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[Ode to the The]

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Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness

December 8, 2010
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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.

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

December 7, 2010
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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.

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Letter from Karnataka

December 6, 2010
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Emily Pettit

December 2, 2010
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[AN AGREEMENT REQUIRES / AN OFFER AND ACCEPTANCE]

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

November 29, 2010
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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.

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

November 28, 2010
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These poems thread and rethread the nature of identity—in theology and philosophy, called the problem of haecceity.

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