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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.

Grad school: Don't go. That is, don't go--unless you must.

We're pleased to announce that Ben Pease's Scattered Rhymes podcast is going to become the official podcast of THEthe!

[Recording: Joe Weil]

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]

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

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

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.

Sondheim isn’t a man to cloud the expression of his judgments with considerations like politeness or collegial complicity. Were his rivals still alive, they might want to take out a contract on him.

A new language is a bully. Learning a new language is not really learning a new way to communicate, but a new way to think.

White’s poems are mired in a period, but not stiffly so: they breathe, they surf along the pulse of memory and desire.

[Reading: Nov. 17]

Metaphors are committed to falsehood and inexactness for the sake of a possibility more vital than precision.

Seemingly disconnected things envisioned as unified: this is the surreal experience of the “marvelous” or the Deep Image experience of the deep image.

Cut triangles with the tip of your knife for eyes, pairs of triangles on each side of each eye. Connect them with thin, arching lines, cutting a curl of wood away, leaving a circle remaining, a mound, a pupil, inside. Practice until you have a whole boards of eyes.