Poetry and Poetics

Matthew Rohrer’s Destroyer and Preserver

by Evan Hansen Poetry and Poetics
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If you’d told me that the ultimate line of a wonderful poem could be, simply, “Doctor Wong,” I would’ve looked at you skeptically.

Poem of the Week: Adam Tessier

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poems of the Week
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[Dead reckoning]

Translating Horace: Ode i.5

by Micah Towery Poetry and Poetics
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Horace is just too good a craftsman for a translation to do him any ultimate justice. Yet I believe translators hope for a sort of “good will” that can exist between between themselves and the poet.

Creative Stupidity

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Many people do not become artists not because they are stupid, but because they are incapable of suspending the thinking/feeling functions. They fail to become writers and musicians and painters because they cannot enter their highest stupidity.

Poem of the Week: Joseph Fasano

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poems of the Week
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[Sudden Hymn in Autumn]

Overcoming Writer’s Block

by Joe Weil Writing
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The words art and habit might seem an odd pairing, but that’s what art is: the glamor of drudgery, and the drudgery of glamor.

Indie Bookstores: Kramerbooks

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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I indulge fantasies of ownership, lament the limited capacity of my wallet and shelf space to accommodate all the books I want. But I gird myself and leave with nothing, happy to have looked, touched, but saved myself again.

Poem of the Week: Carolyn Kizer

by Joe Weil Poems of the Week
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[The Great Blue Heron]

On Mimesis

by Emily Vogel Poetry and Poetics
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Aristotle meant that poetry was mimetic of all of things, independent of another poet’s unique perspective. It is not necessary that poets imitate other poets, but that they imitate life.

Sentimentality vs. Feeling

by Joe Weil Aesthetics
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True feeling has the force of grace; sentimentality has the stench of morals. The word “should” and “must” cling to its fat cherubic legs. Half comprised of self regard, and the other half a mixture of cliche, the sentimental is close to the feigned regard of the funeral director: appropriate, and grave, but with one eye on the itemized bill.

The Wonderful Burden of Living: A Review of Milan Djordjevic’s Oranges and Snow

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poetry and Poetics
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Djordjevic’s history of survival through political unrest and cruel accident made an impression on me before I read his work. But I had to learn to stand in each poem as if I were on an island.

Would you like a Signed Copy of Mark Strand’s New Book?

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Poems of the Week
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[Read the post for guidelines]

Frank Bidart’s “Golden State”: Resisting the Diachronic Urge

by Brooks Lampe Poetry and Poetics
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Narrative seems to hold a privileged position in the hierarchy of meaning-making and we have subconsciously absorbed it as an the overarching structure for comprehending reality. So: what to do with the diachronic urge? Do episodic “image narratives” offer a viable alternative?

Poem of the Week: Wallace Stevens

by Joe Weil Aesthetics
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[Large Red Man Reading]

Kevin Young’s Ardency

by Levi Rubeck Poetry and Poetics
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It’s Kevin Young’s least personal book so far, but in many ways that allows him to approach those same emotions within the book’s historical characters from a more objective stance.

Terms, Truth, Sun Sparrows: A Very Important Lesson from My Father

by Joe Weil Academia
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I tell my students that education can do the work of evil: it can make a bunch of aleatory systems with PHDs think they have a right to be superior to the Rocky Weils of this world. They can make a son misunderstand the wisdom of his own father. They stink of torture and snobbery, they are rank with the odor of exclusion and bias, and we call this “truth” or “Dogma” or “terminology.”

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