ecstasy

Georg Trakl in Plato’s Republic

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Poetry, like music, like dance, might be defined as the precision of ecstasy, and the ecstasy of precision, an ecstatic precision, and measured ecstasy.

All Around Meaning

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Idiots wait on both sides of the fence.

A Brief and Personal History of Jazz

by Joe Weil Arts & Society
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No truly musical ear is ever pure. It steals freely and often, and this is where blues, jazz, and, later, rap comes into conflict with middle class ideas of property values.

The Inward Soul: Dickinson and St. Theresa of Avila

by Joe Weil Aesthetics
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There is an inwardness so vast, so total, that it has a true integrity—not the pretentiousness of artistic temper, not the vanity of professional mysticism, not the neurosis of social anxiety disorder, but a forthrightness, an honorable, hourly withdrawal from the world that seems, for lack of a better word—ecstatic.