Postmodernism

What Is This Thing Called Free Verse? (A primer for those who want it)

December 13, 2012
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Poets want to get away with murder.

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The actual slaughter of the gods: The Great Gatsby, Goldman Sachs, and Zombies

November 8, 2011
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We worship death and call it ultimate life.

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The Practice of Poetry

July 19, 2011
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The poetry lesson is that poetry is a practice.

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Caleb’s Passing

June 20, 2011
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The climax of the novel is so mawkish that its downright dismissal of the fraught implications of his “achievement” are extremely troubling.

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Using the Tools of Postmodernism

October 2, 2010
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Part of the 20th century revolution in poetry was an interest in parody, pastiche, send ups, cut ups, a constant recapitulation of tired tropes in such a way as to reinvigorate them. If we look at poetry aesthetics as tools rather than as truths, then everything becomes available to us—all the thousands of years of utterance.

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