Mysticism

Artistry Bordering on Meditation: Discussing The Artist As Mystic with Yahia Lababidi

June 12, 2012
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The setting, Yahia reminds me more than once, is a little absurd.

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The Domestication of the Saints

November 28, 2011
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The “gate keepers” of religion and of poetry are one and the same.

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mUutations: Kaufman’s CINCOPRHENICPOET

October 14, 2011
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This process of differentiation comes at a cost, however, alienating the rebel from his cultural and ideological context.

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Hindu Surrealism: George Kalamaras

June 22, 2011
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The two loves of Kalamaras’s life: Surrealism and Hindu mysticism (with a touch of rhetorical theory!).

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The Inward Soul: Dickinson and St. Theresa of Avila

October 5, 2010
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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.

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“While I was masturbating, more rainforest disappeared”

May 2, 2010
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In a poem called “Life,” which appears in his most recent collection, Words for Empty and Words for Full (Pitt Poetry, 2010), Bob Hicok writes: “The feeling that mysticism / is the only way to be polite…. / While I was masturbating, / more rainforest / disappeared….” These disclosures feel true—and inevitable, given what at […]

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