William Carlos Williams

Rutherford, New Jersey’s Secret Post-Office: a review of John Gosslee’s Blitzkrieg

October 10, 2013
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A fascinating hybrid of new locale poems and an impressive supplemental memoir. 

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Georg Trakl in Plato’s Republic

May 15, 2013
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Poetry, like music, like dance, might be defined as the precision of ecstasy, and the ecstasy of precision, an ecstatic precision, and measured ecstasy.

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The Ruined American Male: Robert Creeley

August 15, 2012
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A sort of mystical reticence which, to tin ears, seems non-existent, but is the gobbled and cobbled and ruined talk of the American male.

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How Perfect Obedience Destroys: Reflections on Falstaff, the Beats, and others

July 18, 2012
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No system can endure perfection.

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What do I mean when I call myself a Catholic poet?

April 25, 2012
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To me the only true failure, and it is an aesthetic failure more than a moral failure, is to be blind to the beauty that lies embedded in the ferocity, and merciless vitality of life itself–the risen Lord in the daily and lowly and broken sprawl of things.

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Double Contact: William Carlos Williams

March 21, 2012
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Stating the obvious is not easy.

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Garbage Picking in Eliot’s Waste Land, Part 1

March 12, 2012
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Eliot out-dueled the English until they erected his memorial in Westminster Abbey next to the graves of Dryden, Tennyson, and Browning; men Eliot spent his life burying.

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Literary Movements: Insider as Outsider and Token Renegade

December 29, 2010
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When gaining a foothold among the establishment, it is important the so called “outsiders” or mavericks have a figure fully anchored within the establishment who can be “acceptable.”

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Gatekeepers of Literary Greatness: On Piety

December 21, 2010
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In the full complexity of human constructs piety is the rhetoric of conflicting and supposedly coherent values.

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Portland

March 25, 2010
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I’m sitting up in bed, or on the couch, as it were, where I have been trying to sleep off the slew of vodka-and-tonics I downed last night at our Sand Paper Press reading here in Portland.  Shawn Vandor, whose Fire at the end of the rainbow was just reviewed over at Dossier, and I […]

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Google Uses Wittgenstein

February 23, 2010
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Canada, it’s spring-break time. We’ve already got trees budding. Actually, many schools have gotten the whole Winter Olympics off for two or three weeks of extended spring break drunkenness. I’ve been glued to CTV for the last week or so, watching my new favorite sport: curling. No joke, this game is intense.

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