Category Archives: Poetry

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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Collecting and Commitment

Introduction by Robert Pinsky to English Renaissance Poetry: A Collection of Shorter Poems from Skelton to Jonson Selected by John Williams In the beginning, for many poets and readers, there are anthologies. They often provide our earliest source for poems, … Continue reading

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Dripping with Irony

Alice Burdick book of short sentences “Enter the building” I’ve never explicitly written a poem about a cup of tea on a table. So this section is about that thing That ladies should write about to seem accessible. Tea. It … Continue reading

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Common Corrosive Ancestor

I like how this gently moves from the consideration of the conditions for epic to an aperçu of a specific historical mentalité … Yet without a mythical or cosmological scheme positing a continuity between human and divine, it is difficult … 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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Force & Metamorphosis

What charmed me in this small poetic fragment was the notion of something vegetal (green & climbing) transmuting itself into the feline presence, a menacing presence intent on reaching out more Sir, Say no More By Trumbull Stickney (1874 – … Continue reading

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The Buzz

What I like in this set of lines from Helen Guri Match is the code switching between the animal and the botanical. It adds to the effect of melding into a protean potentiality. Darkness never came. It was the bumblebees … Continue reading

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