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

November 29, 2010
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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.

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

November 28, 2010
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These poems thread and rethread the nature of identity—in theology and philosophy, called the problem of haecceity.

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Poetry Fix Episode 16: Heather McHugh

November 27, 2010
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Mary Karr and Christopher Robinson discuss Heather McHugh’s poem “I Knew I’d Sing.”

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Scattered Rhymes is Coming: Joseph Spece

November 26, 2010
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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.

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Poem of the Week Doubleheader! Colie Hoffman & Maya Funaro

November 25, 2010
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[Poem of the Week: Maya Funaro and Colie Hoffman]

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

November 24, 2010
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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.

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A Thing with Feathers: Concrete and Abstract

November 23, 2010
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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.

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A Study in Fixation

November 22, 2010
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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.

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What I Learned in School This Year

November 21, 2010
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Grad school: Don’t go. That is, don’t go–unless you must.

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Scattered Rhymes Podcast is Coming to THEthe!

November 20, 2010
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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!

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Joe Weil’s Album: I Hate Life

November 20, 2010
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[Recording: Joe Weil]

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

November 19, 2010
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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.

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Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman “Limits”

November 18, 2010
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[Poem of the Week: Rosanne Wasserman]

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Translation is Treason

November 17, 2010
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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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Derangement: Breton and Metaphor

November 16, 2010
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All metaphors are, eventually, false, inaccurate, distortians of reality. Reality itself is a distortion. Frost–the conservative–said as much.

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Franco File

November 15, 2010
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If James Franco’s first name had been Ben, it would take very little to convince me that he is, in fact, the 24-hour multimedia reincarnation of the original King of Enterprise and Toil, Benjamin Franklin.

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