Hart Crane

“What Becomes of Us as We Read?”: Ashbery and Ethical Criticism

January 13, 2014
Thumbnail image for “What Becomes of Us as We Read?”: Ashbery and Ethical Criticism

What are some reasons why we read poetry? Why turn to a poem over a novel, a play, a philosophical treatise?

Read the full article →

On the Bias Against Narrative Poetry

July 11, 2011
Thumbnail image for On the Bias Against Narrative Poetry

Many young poets can not accept that telling a story, or relating some sort of narrative arc is conducive to the highest aims of poetry.

Read the full article →

A Thing with Feathers: Concrete and Abstract

November 23, 2010
Thumbnail image for A Thing with Feathers: Concrete and Abstract

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.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Terrible Eyes: On a Newly Discovered Photograph of Arthur Rimbaud

Terrible Eyes: On a Newly Discovered Photograph of Arthur Rimbaud

April 18, 2010

I followed deadpan Rivers down and down,
And knew my haulers had let go the ropes.
Whooping redskins took my men as targets
And nailed them nude to technicolour posts.

Read the full article →
Thumbnail image for Paparazzi

Paparazzi

March 20, 2010

“When we define the Photograph as a motionless image, this does not mean only that the figures it represents do not move; it means that they do not emerge, do not leave: they are anesthetized and fastened down, like butterflies.”

Read the full article →

Blogging through Grossman, Part 3: Poetic Promiscuity.

March 2, 2010
Thumbnail image for Blogging through Grossman, Part 3: Poetic Promiscuity.

We recent poets have two great tools at our disposal: freedom of poetic license, and freedom of publishing. Generally, we can say whatever we want, and get a significant number of people to hear what we have to say. The question is whether this freedom has led to better poetry or degeneration. Perhaps that’s not the best way to put it. The question should be, even if somebody is doing something amazing and new in poetry, would we even see it? Will we travel all this way to find that we really did need the gatekeepers of poetry??

Read the full article →