metaphors

Lists and Parataxis: A primer for those who want it

March 20, 2013
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Whitman has more listings than an anal retentive suburbanite.

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Learning from Arbitrary Grids

September 19, 2012
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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.

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The Problems and Potential of Slam

January 11, 2012
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I do not hate spoken word. I hate ham acting.

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Tom Waits’ many, many moons

March 14, 2011
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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.

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A Thing with Feathers: Concrete and Abstract

November 23, 2010
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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.

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Derangement: Breton and Metaphor

November 16, 2010
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All metaphors are, eventually, false, inaccurate, distortians of reality. Reality itself is a distortion. Frost–the conservative–said as much.

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Metaphor as Foundation of Consciousness

November 9, 2010
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Metaphors are committed to falsehood and inexactness for the sake of a possibility more vital than precision.

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

November 5, 2010
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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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