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Poetry and Poetics

Poetry Essay #3: Checking Out Old Loves

July 3, 2013
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Guns to the right of me! Jargon to the left of me! All volley and hold the thunder (after all, thunder may be perceived as a semiotic indicator of male patriarchy). I look at my daughter and say: “I’m so sorry, but I wanted you to exist.

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“The Imminence of a Revelation Not Yet Produced”: Ashbery and the Pragmatist Sublime

June 24, 2013
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“The imminence of a revelation not yet produced” is a remarkable formulation for describing the process of the future unfolding, and it is what I hope to signify by the term the “pragmatist sublime.”

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Poetry Essay #1

June 19, 2013
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Does feeling write us? Does the landscape watch us vanish without trying to understand us?

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Meditations of an Oaf

June 12, 2013
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Error must find a way to charm bias.

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On Shema Mitzvah in my poetry

May 29, 2013
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I do not believe in the separation of faith and works, but, like James, believe faith without works is dead, and works without faith is merely materialism as a form of the dole.

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Georg Trakl in Plato’s Republic

May 15, 2013
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Poetry, like music, like dance, might be defined as the precision of ecstasy, and the ecstasy of precision, an ecstatic precision, and measured ecstasy.

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Lists and Parataxis: A primer for those who want it

March 20, 2013
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Whitman has more listings than an anal retentive suburbanite.

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Why Weirdness Can Be a Good Thing: the Aesthetic Satisfactions of a Compelling Strangeness

February 11, 2013
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What is the difference between a poem we call mawkish, or overly sentimental, and a poem that carries the right amount of sentimentality and wit?

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The Ironic and the Un-Ironic: the Role of the Hero in Ashbery and Creeley

January 21, 2013
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If Ashbery’s poems are premised, if distantly, on a hope for the future, a hope for new imaginary communities, a hope for a new way of speaking, Creeley’s poem are cynical about the future, isolated from community, and unable to even speak.

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“Contemplations” on a Massachusetts Poet: American Muse

January 16, 2013
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The story of Cain is built into the founding mythos of America, whose people were cast out of Europe to violently master “uncivilized” land.

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“Contemplations” on a Massachusetts Poet: A Neo-Platonic Quest

January 9, 2013
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The ecstasies of the “secular” are sacred.

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“Contemplations” on a Massachusetts Poet: Introduction and Form

January 2, 2013
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Bradstreet is an outlier of most received literary groupings.

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What Is This Thing Called Free Verse? (A primer for those who want it)

December 13, 2012
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Poets want to get away with murder.

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Hysterical Catalog: Gregory Corso’s Alchemical-Surrealism

December 5, 2012
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The poet as alchemist, transmuting the socio-political reality using the mundane elements found in the (social) environment with the transformative energies of consciousness.

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Notes and jottings for a work on the evolution of intuition and sensation in modernist / post-modernist poetry

November 28, 2012
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No motion has she now, no force / she neither hears nor sees

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13 Ways of Looking at the Pragmatist Ashbery, OR Getting Down to the Nitty-Gritty: Ashbery and the Central Doctrine of American Pragmatism

November 19, 2012
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So what are some other major facets of Ashbery’s relationship to American pragmatism?

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