Wallace Stevens

Excellence in Student Writing: Katharine Sell

February 10, 2014
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The poem’s argues that order can be found and already exists among the chaos of nature, but that it takes the individual’s artistic craft to create meaning to make the order’s presence known and evident.

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Tips for Doing a Poetry Reading

January 9, 2014
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The poetry improves, but the presentation of it just keeps getting worse.

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John Ashbery: A Pageant

September 9, 2013
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Characters:Wallace Stevens, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, W.H. Auden, James Merril, Robert Lowell

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Why Weirdness Can Be a Good Thing: the Aesthetic Satisfactions of a Compelling Strangeness

February 11, 2013
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What is the difference between a poem we call mawkish, or overly sentimental, and a poem that carries the right amount of sentimentality and wit?

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The Solipsist in Purgatory: Jollimore’s AT LAKE SCUCOG

August 19, 2011
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It’s always a relief to me when I see a book published by somebody outside the “poetry ghetto.”

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The Four Functions and The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

April 20, 2011
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As Kafka said: “The crows maintain that a single crow could destroy the heavens; doubtless this is so, but it proves nothing against the heavens, for the heavens signify simply: the impossibility of crows.”

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Poem of the Week: Wallace Stevens

March 24, 2011
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[Large Red Man Reading]

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An Asshole in the Service of Heaven

October 21, 2010
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My aesthetic test for music when I was 13 still applied: if I play a song one hundred times in a row, and, on the last playing, it still has an effect, then it is part of my synaptic hit parade, and can never be vanquished.

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Poetry Fix Episode 4: Wallace Stevens

July 6, 2010
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Episode 4 now available on YouTube. Wallace Stevens’s poem “A Rabbit as King of the Ghosts.”

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Waverly Gate

March 10, 2010
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A certain esteemed professor requires that those enrolled in his poetry workshop meet with him in his downtown studio apartment, right off Washington Square.

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