metaphors

Lists and Parataxis: A primer for those who want it

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Whitman has more listings than an anal retentive suburbanite.

Learning from Arbitrary Grids

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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We can enter a poem in an almost limitless number of ways–through its imagery, its social underpinnings, its meaning, its rhythms, its sentence structure, its line breaks.

The Problems and Potential of Slam

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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I do not hate spoken word. I hate ham acting.

Tom Waits’ many, many moons

by Daniel Silliman Music
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Waits has a thing for moons, and has been working on lyrical variations of this one metaphor for gong on 40 years.

A Thing with Feathers: Concrete and Abstract

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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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.

Derangement: Breton and Metaphor

by Joe Weil Language
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All metaphors are, eventually, false, inaccurate, distortians of reality. Reality itself is a distortion. Frost–the conservative–said as much.

Metaphor as Foundation of Consciousness

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

How to Teach Writing to Beginners (Towards a Different Kind of Workshop, Part IV)

by Joe Weil Poetry and Poetics
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Russian novelists exhausted every eye color in the 19th century. Pop song writers are the only people who can make a big deal out of eyes anymore.

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