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Scratching Lines

From “Advice to a Poet” by Susan Braley There’s a mention of “blood” and a whole world comes pouring forth in the wake of “wine”. And the familiar becomes kindred. The old rose is only known by its leaves: rugosa. … Continue reading

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Membership Has Its Privileges

One of the joys of signing in to the Humanities Commons is logging out because there is a delightful invitation to return. It takes the form of an illustration and an allusion to a poem by Edward Lear, The Owl … Continue reading

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Escape and What the Waves Cast Up

There was something of a reverberation in the line about the lonely shore and the rapture. Henri Cole “The Constant Leaf” Nothing to Declare […] It is strange how the past holds on to us how the rapture of the … Continue reading

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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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Shoes & Laces

A cobbling of quotation: There we are again: the ethical question of how to render “experience itself.” Lyricism becomes associated with the moral failings of a belles lettres tradition of dressed-up writing, one that makes the words shimmer, shudder, and … Continue reading

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Read/Red Arrows

Stein’s line has its own Wikipedia entry Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose Ronald Johnson in ARK 60 Fireworks I reconstructs the visual impact by a bit of clever homophony: arose a battleground: rows on rows … Continue reading

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Howard “Trapping” Browning

Opening lines of the dramatic monologue by Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess” where the Duke of Ferrara guides a visitor to a portrait That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall, Looking as if she were alive. I call That … Continue reading

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Pause and Tumble

from “Beds” in Can I Finish, Please? by Catherine Bowman These lines float like a haiku in the onrush of lines… you are enskied          in the mockingbird’s               indwelling song See what I mean by tumble… you are enskied          in the … Continue reading

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Catching the Allusion

First I came across a book with a long title: Oats, Peas, Beans & Barley Cookbook by Edyth Young Cottrell Which I later encountered as a song Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow, Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow, Can … Continue reading

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Adept

R. Bruce Elder The Body in Film Art Gallery of Ontario, 1989 On the “personal body” in the films of Andrew Noren The Adventures of the Exquisite Corpse but the presence of these allusions to historical works of art have … Continue reading

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