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Thoughts on George Oppen

August 29, 2012
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That morning I walked home reciting Oppen’s poem to myself, and I could not wear out the truth of it, or stop the overwhelming sense of grief and anger I felt, but also awe–awe at the child’s calm, her soft little voice, poor Kenny’s deep animal moan when her flesh sloughed off in his hand.

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Sleep to Wake and Wake to Sleep: A comparison of “Prufrock” and “Nightingale”

November 30, 2011
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What draws these poems together is simulation of death-states in relation to the afflatus of night and song—of rising or sinking to the occasion.

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