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Time, Death, & Video Games: Rushdie’s Luka and the Fire of Life

by Brian Chappell Fiction
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If you’re going to talk about such things as parallel universes, multiple lives, determinism and free will is not the video game a reputable analog?

Moby-Dick and metafiction ethics

by Daniel Silliman Fiction
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There should be a warning on the cover of Moby-Dick. Beware, it should say, reading this will require blood.

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

by Joe Weil Language
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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.

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

by Christopher Phelps Philosophy
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These poems thread and rethread the nature of identity—in theology and philosophy, called the problem of haecceity.

Poetry Fix Episode 16: Heather McHugh

by Chris Robinson Poetry and Poetics
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Mary Karr and Christopher Robinson discuss Heather McHugh’s poem “I Knew I’d Sing.”

Scattered Rhymes is Coming: Joseph Spece

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Poetry and Poetics
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Last week we made the exciting announcement that Ben Pease’s Scattered Rhymes podcast was making itself a home at THEthe.

Poem of the Week Doubleheader! Colie Hoffman & Maya Funaro

by Micah Towery Poems of the Week
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[Poem of the Week: Maya Funaro and Colie Hoffman]

“A javelin of lavender…asserts a dozen verities”: Donnelly’s Cloud Corporation

by Genevieve Burger-Weiser Poetry and Poetics
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Amid labyrinthine syntax, Timothy Donnelly is battling a kind of Minotaur: half-self, half-metaphysical conundrum; Donnelly’s sword is his mind.

A Thing with Feathers: Concrete and Abstract

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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We have seven hues, a silver gyre, seven swords of vision, and a prophet’s flaming tyre. Beats me as to what Campbell means, but almost all lyrical poems contain such moments of high gibberish.

A Study in Fixation

by Michael Klein Poetry and Poetics
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One senses Zapruder has only been thinking of his subjects only for as long as it takes him to write the poem: they’re happening, as opposed to happened.

What I Learned in School This Year

by Brian Chappell Academia
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Grad school: Don’t go. That is, don’t go–unless you must.

Scattered Rhymes Podcast is Coming to THEthe!

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Poetry and Poetics
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We’re pleased to announce that Ben Pease’s Scattered Rhymes podcast is going to become the official podcast of THEthe!

Joe Weil’s Album: I Hate Life

by THEthe Poetry Blog Editors Music
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[Recording: Joe Weil]

It’s Getting On Towards Winter: Reflections on Joe Salerno and Some Friends

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I try to tell my students that professionalism can be murderous. It can not offer what poetry truly has to give. It can succeed at the level of men, but it can not fail at the level of the truly profound and meaningful pact we make with love, beyond, and perhaps, because of our futility.

Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman “Limits”

by Micah Towery Poems of the Week
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[Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman]

Translation is Treason

by Stewart K. Lundy Language
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Forgiveness is therefore the very life of conversation and the heart of discourse. Without a constant flow of forgiveness even disagreement is impossible.

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