Category Archives: Poetry

Flockings

Edward Carson Look here Look Away Look Again We are led to be mindful of space and what traverses space. “”Some Assembly Required” to mind is bird, a networking of neurons airborne And to over hear echoes … “Towards The … Continue reading

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Three Sparks and a Flare

This haiku derives some of its poignancy from its being a death poem. Chine-jo was a pupil of Bashō. As one collects and reads the various English versions, the mention of the kinship with the firefly comes and goes but … Continue reading

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Partnering

Galway Kinnell opens his introduction to The Essential Whitman (1987) The poems of Walt Whitman meant little to me when I read them in high school and college. Luckily, when I was teaching at the University of Grenoble in my … Continue reading

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Pro Forma

From Czesław Miłosz’s Unattainable Earth translated by the author and Robert Hass. This very humble gesture — friable. Where does humility come from? From sitting down and putting little signs on paper with the hope of expressing something. I am … Continue reading

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Ash Aloft

Lindsay Remee Ahl: (“Hidden Flame” in The Southern Review, Summer 2018) I was ash in the wide sky. François Lachance: I was awash in the wide sky I think the wash comes from the very painterly presences in this lyric. … Continue reading

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The Set of Seven Utterances

Attila József (1905 – 1937) “The Seventh” Winter Night: Selected Poems of Attila József, translated by John Bátki These are the opening stanzas: If you set out in this world, better be born seven times. Once, in a house on … Continue reading

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Praxis Parabasis

Alice Burdick Simple Master “Light Daily Shifts” I can’t work for you because I’m lost in your theory. It was a bad idea to start and made awful by practice. Dear reader, is one to identify with the speaking I … 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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Manner and Matter

Charles Taylor The Malaise of Modernity (CBC Massey Lectures) [A]n important subjectivation has taken place in post-Romantic art. But it is clearly a subjectivation of manner. It concerns how the poet has access to whatever he or she is pointing … Continue reading

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I Hope It’s Toast

Alice Burdick Simple Master “Remembrance Day” I can’t help but read a pun on the name Kurt Weil in this passage. Large music comes from books, vile or Oklahoma. Cows fly in movies and dust heaps up mountains. If you … Continue reading

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