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Poetry and Poetics

mUutations: Lorca’s SPIRAL

September 23, 2011
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Here’s a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca that could change your life, if your name is Euclid or Bernhard Reimann.

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Collective Brightness

September 21, 2011
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When love and all its fruit come into question, you know you have a problem.

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Toward a more Combative and Passionate Reading of Poems

September 14, 2011
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I am about to model for you a form of close reading that does not need effort so much as stealth, and curiosity, and the willingness to wrestle with angels.

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Metaphysicians in the Dark: Poetry, Thinking, and Nostalgia for the Idea

September 7, 2011
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Does poetry think with philosophy? Or might we re-pose the question: does poetry rely on philosophy to think?

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Poem of the Week: Hagiwara Sakutarō

September 2, 2011
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[Secrets of the Garden of a Vacant House Seen in a Dream]

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Why I Hate “The Arts”

August 31, 2011
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Perhaps it is the ends of art I hate–the way it is “valued” rather than integrated into the dynamic of being alive.

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Poem of the Week: Brooks Lampe

August 25, 2011
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[Three Prose Poems]

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In the Garden: Re-Reading Whitman

August 22, 2011
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A garden, like all true relationships, is a pact with loss, with effacement, and when we fear effacement, it already begins to give birth to power and envy and death inside us.

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The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

August 19, 2011
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

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Poem of the Week: J.T. Welsch

August 18, 2011
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[Hook]

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Poem of the Week: Luke Johnson

August 11, 2011
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[Psalm for Third Base]

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And I Chose—All: Mary Ruefle

August 8, 2011
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Picasso wrote this well before Mary Ruefle started publishing books, but if his words could be an egg, Ruefle’s Selected Poems would hatch right out of it.

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Poem of the Week: Yahia Lababidi

August 4, 2011
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[What do animals dream?]

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Didactic Sonnet

August 2, 2011
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If Plato came back today and saw the workshop, craft obsessed nature of poetics, he’d give his approval, but not for reasons poets might like: Plato would approve because the stupidity of inspiration has been removed from the writing of poems.

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Poem of the Week: Brittany Perham

July 29, 2011
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[In a Familiar City]

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Rimbaud’s Last Revelation

July 26, 2011
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Ashbery’s translation is the best we have in English so far.

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