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The Ironic and the Un-Ironic: the Role of the Hero in Ashbery and Creeley

January 21, 2013
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If Ashbery’s poems are premised, if distantly, on a hope for the future, a hope for new imaginary communities, a hope for a new way of speaking, Creeley’s poem are cynical about the future, isolated from community, and unable to even speak.

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Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 5

June 25, 2012
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“The Waste Land” is most usually and most persuasively read as a satire.

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Adam Fitzgerald’s “Life of Gorgias”

November 1, 2010
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Not only is Adam a teaching, magazine editing, book publishing maniac, he’s also managed to put together a poem collage in all that spare time he has.

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Ben Lerner’s “Mean Free Path”

April 4, 2010
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What if I made you hear this as music
But not how you mean that. The slow beam
Opened me up. Walls walked through me
Like resonant waves. I thought that maybe
If you aren’t too busy, we could spend our lives
Parting in stations, promising to write
War and Peace, this time with feeling
As bullets leave their luminous traces across
Wait, I wasn’t finished, I was going to say
Breakwaters echo long lines of cloud

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