Category Archives: Metaphor

Ackermann on W’s Sanitation Philosophers

Robert John Ackermann Wittgenstein’s City Last chapter – “Philosophy” – opens by casting this image forth: The basic thrust of Wittgenstein’s view of philosophy as a descriptive critique of language remains in place as his survey reveals more and more … Continue reading

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Of Pronouns, Balance and Being Canadian

Dear X Yes “our discourse” has been less than positive. More my contributions to it have been nit picky and darn ornery. I do want to commend you for speaking up and holding me to account. I have thought a … Continue reading

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Metaphor Wisdom

A gem (metaphorically speaking) … recognizing an old friend in an unfamiliar setting, and understanding a metaphor are species of the same phenomenon Jan Zwicky Wisdom & Metaphor I like how the metaphor of ecosystem creeps in … Imagine the … Continue reading

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Sewn in the West

Ian Hamilton Finlay as remembered by Stephen Scobie https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/dancers-inherit-party/ Marvelous piece – part obit part commentary [H]e never ceased to show me things as rare, as beautiful, as whimsical, or as sublime as summer elephants. […] [T]he rough track up … Continue reading

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Beyond Comparing Field of Grain to the Sea

Jan Zwicky “The Spires of Martinville” Four Square Garden (Pasdeloup Press, Department of Fine Arts, University of Waterloo, Ontario) [1981] In the summer’s air, light-dappled, wading through young poplars by the barley’s green fur rippling before the wind, I cannot … Continue reading

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Longing to Belong

Warsan Shire Summarizing a whole suite of erotic cartographies, the poet telescopes the reader’s attention in a most delightful entanglement of means and ends: Your grandparents often found themselves in dark rooms, mapping out each other’s bodies, claiming whole countries … Continue reading

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Ecology of Education

As we advance in the Anthropocene… The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. C.S. Lewis The Abolition of Man: Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in … Continue reading

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Paillette

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Kessler Lecture published in Queer Ideas Last week Mary described me to myself as “scattering sequins over us all” — all the people I love. She’s right, she and they do seem so glamorous and numinous to … Continue reading

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My Body Is Like A Home

Alice Burdick Holler “Body house” [after extending an analogy between ears and eyes as windows and mouth as door, this ends the poem] Her body is a house, and she’s home for now. And with the end of the poem … Continue reading

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Paleontologist Stung

Robert Graves On English Poetry (1922) Appendix: — The Dangers of Definition […] let the Dictionary be a hive of living things and not a museum of minutely ticketed fossils. And this bon mot like a bee caught in amber … Continue reading

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