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Poetry and Poetics

“This Was the First Day / Of the New Experience”: Notes Towards a Pragmatist Reading of Ashbery’s Poetry and Poetics, Part I

November 12, 2012
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I want to start with a problem: an overwhelming, close to paralyzing sense that an essay about John Ashbery’s poetry is like a representational critique of a cubist painting.

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Phronesis and Redux

November 7, 2012
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Whim as a form of virtue, constancy as grace.

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Learning from Arbitrary Grids

September 19, 2012
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We can enter a poem in an almost limitless number of ways–through its imagery, its social underpinnings, its meaning, its rhythms, its sentence structure, its line breaks.

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Poetry Editing: A Rubric

September 13, 2012
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After writing a poem (never during or before the poem), ask yourself these questions.

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Thoughts on George Oppen

August 29, 2012
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That morning I walked home reciting Oppen’s poem to myself, and I could not wear out the truth of it, or stop the overwhelming sense of grief and anger I felt, but also awe–awe at the child’s calm, her soft little voice, poor Kenny’s deep animal moan when her flesh sloughed off in his hand.

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The Ruined American Male: Robert Creeley

August 15, 2012
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A sort of mystical reticence which, to tin ears, seems non-existent, but is the gobbled and cobbled and ruined talk of the American male.

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All Around Meaning

August 8, 2012
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Idiots wait on both sides of the fence.

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Poetry and Pregnancy

July 31, 2012
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I am roughly five months along, as I am writing this.

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On Job and William Carlos Williams

July 4, 2012
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The creative power of a poet must include the possibility of arbitrary power or it serves only competence and adherence to an aesthetic.

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Reading a Tony Hoagland Poem: Inattention and Power

June 27, 2012
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We could learn much about Hoagland by seeing what he does not include, and what he does not pay attention to.

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Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 5

June 25, 2012
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“The Waste Land” is most usually and most persuasively read as a satire.

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Neighborhood post-industrial as opposed to professional aesthetics

May 30, 2012
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Neighborhood aesthetics, especially in that industrial/post-industrial world, were very different.

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Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 4

May 14, 2012
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“The Waste Land” has always begged its readers to multitask, to make leaps, to be both attentive and creative readers.

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Pont-consciousness: Reading Arendt and Blake

May 9, 2012
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The genius of Blake is his playing out the location of private and public human activity to show their psychological truth and depth.

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How to Watch a Poem

May 7, 2012
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Poems on the page are not read; they are watched.

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