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Getting Acquainted with Wallace Stevens - Los Angeles Review of Books
"How to Live, What to Do Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens By Joan Richardson Published 03.01.2018 University Of Iowa Press 132 Pages"
book  review  poetry  pragmatism 
april 2019 by tsuomela
TMI: Confession and Performance - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Art of Confession The Performance of Self from Robert Lowell to Reality TV By Christopher Grobe Published 11.07.2017 NYU Press 320 Pages"
book  review  performance  performativity  confession  art  poetry 
march 2019 by tsuomela
echovar » Blog Archive » A Permanent Sense of Asymmetry: Watching the Non-Human Enter
"As Morton points out, in the age of ecology there is no clean transaction you can walk away from. The fact that everything is connected isn’t something you can turn off when it’s inconvenient. There’s always something still owed, a remaining debt. Morton describes this as the viscous quality of the hyperobject, the more you know about it the more it sticks to you. And as Graeber shows, capital fails to capture the full extent of a transaction because it doesn’t fully represent the object. In the social context of the transaction, there’s always a remainder, the market never fully clears. At the level of capital and pricing, the numbers always add up, but the object of the transaction is broadcasting on multiple frequencies. And if you hold the concept of capital in abeyance for just a moment, you’ll find there were many more parties to the transaction than you had assumed, and if you listen closely, you can hear that the non-human has continued its relationship with you. "
ecology  economics  transaction  exchange  commons  debt  capital  relationship  gifts  meta-analysis  fundamental  objects  object-oriented-ontology  literature  poetry 
april 2012 by tsuomela
U.S. Intellectual History: Book Review: Amy Wood on Szefel's *The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era*
"In The Gospel of Beauty in the Progressive Era, Lisa Szefel illuminates a time when American poets became committed to the notion that poetry should matter, that it should speak to the greatest concerns of the day. In this original and elegantly written account, Szefel traces the rise of a progressive-minded poetry movement that, between 1910 and 1920, developed alongside the social reform efforts of the era. These poets sought to break away from the genteel elitism of Victorian poetry and produce works that reflected the experiences of ordinary Americans and addressed the woes and sorrows that unmanaged capitalism had wrought. They believed that socially relevant poetry could strike readers’ moral imaginations and spur social action. With the help of sympathetic editors and readers, they created a flourishing literary community, which built the “cultural infrastructure” (p. 2) that later allowed the famous mid-century poets that Gioia celebrates to thrive. "
book  review  literature  criticism  history  1q20c  1h20c  poetry  progressive  politics  class  romanticism 
july 2011 by tsuomela
20 20th-Century Poetry Books | Conversational Reading
"Here is the list of 20 20th-century poetry books that poet and editor CJ Evans put together for me."
list  recommendations  books  poetry  20c 
february 2011 by tsuomela
HG Poetics: Retro-Futurism & its Children
Eliot, Pound, Stevens : Medieval, Renaissance, Modern. As if in this trio we have a kind of exemplary recapitulation of the history of the West. Eliot the medieval man : for whom the measure of Man is only to be found in her relationship with God. Eliot's God is in many ways remote & elusive, and he compensates for this by emphasizing the objectivity of dogma, the absolute quality of both the articles of faith & the cultural traditions for which they are the foundation. Pound the Renaissance man : for whom "Man is the measure of all things." In such a situation, calm, peace & stability are elusive, & Pound compensates for this by emphasizing the objectivity of Nature, and the supremacy of the men of inherent power & natural wisdom (Malatesta, the Founding Fathers, Confucius...). Stevens the modern : for whom nature is fundamentally immeasurable & mysterious, and therefore Man-within-nature must imagine her own order (since order is to be found nowhere else).
poetry  poetics  modernism  futurism 
december 2010 by tsuomela
Epic Science » American Scientist
The popularization of science is done most often now through nonfiction. But in the century following the scientific revolution, it was poetry that carried the day. Book-length treatises in verse elaborated discoveries in botany, astronomy and medicine. This may seem counterintuitive to us now; and indeed, some of these works can seem far removed from scientific fact. In 1791, in his verses about plants, Erasmus Darwin imputed emotions and desires to them. It’s perhaps an understatement to say that, however charming, something like this would not fly today.
science  communication  popularize  18c  poetry 
september 2010 by tsuomela
Contested Will by James Shapiro reviewed by Charles Nicholl - TLS
The authorship controversy is a sorry story, with its core of undiluted snobbery, its self-generating conspiracy theories, its manipulated evidence, its reductive view of plays and poems as fiendishly difficult crossword puzzles. The call for an “open debate” which echoes through Oxfordian websites is probably pointless; there is no common ground of terminology between “Stratfordians” (as they are reluctantly forced to describe themselves) and anti-Stratfordians. As the director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Gail Kern Paster, recently put it, “To ask me about the authorship question . . . is like asking a paleontologist to debate a creationist’s account of the fossil record”. With this inquisitive and open-minded account of the controversy, James Shapiro has done a service to both camps, and indeed to that mysteriously talented glover’s son from the Midlands who is at the heart of it all.
book  review  literature  shakespeare  history  biography  english  poetry  writing  authorship 
may 2010 by tsuomela
HG Poetics: Human Manifesto
As regards poetry, I'm a maximalist. I'm drawn to the deep thinking of Wallace Stevens & Mandelstam, on the spirit of poetry & the poet's vocation. The "theory of poetry" is about the relationship between poetry and the world, between poetry and worldview. It assumes that underneath all the differences, somehow, poetry is "one thing" : and that mysterious something is distinct from other modes of human thought, action and art.
poetry  poetics  theory  manifesto  maximalism  spirituality 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Flarf is Dionysus. Conceptual Writing is Apollo. by Kenneth Goldsmith : Poetry Magazine [article/magazine]
Our immersive digital environment demands new responses from writers. What does it mean to be a poet in the Internet age? These two movements, Flarf and Conceptual Writing, each formed over the past five years, are direct investigations to that end.
poetry  poetics  art  modern  contemporary  style  writing  conceptual  flarf  school  magazine 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Marjorie Perloff "Wittgenstein's Ladder"
Austere and uncompromising, the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein had no use for the avant-garde art works of his own time. He refused to formulate an aesthetic, declaring that one can no more define the "beautiful" than determine "what sort of coffee tastes good." And yet many of the writers of our time have understood, as academic theorists generally have not, that Wittgenstein is "their" philosopher. How do we resolve this paradox? Marjorie Perloff, our foremost critic of twentieth-century poetry, argues that Wittgenstein has provided writers with a radical new aesthetic, a key to recognizing the inescapable strangeness of ordinary language.
about(LudwigWittgenstein)  philosophy  literature  poetry  poetics  criticism  aesthetics  language 
may 2009 by tsuomela
The Plumbline School: Plumbline
But it occurred to me today that this notion of a "broken middle" - a mediation which is inevitably conflicted, compromised, endangered, guilty, and above all implicated, engaged - might offer another way to think about our "plumbline". The middle, here, is not simply a form of "instrumental" discursive management or technical flair, transposed to the sphere of aesthetics. The middle in this sense doesn't offer a "solution" to anything : it is not necessarily a resolution, or even always "peaceful" : in Rose's terms, it is more like an agonistic arena.
poetry  poetics  theory  middle 
april 2009 by tsuomela
The Plumbline School: Poetry and Tags
if we are willing to write off everything else in the poem as ‘decoration,’ then we can properly censure [modern poets such as] Eliot or Auden or Tate for not making poems so easily tagged. But in that case we are not interested in poetry
poetry  literature  criticism 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The Plumbline School: Trying and failing vs. trying to fail
Such writers thought that the lesson of deconstruction was that one should not try to construct anything complete...The fact that attempts at wholeness or completeness will fail in ways that are inevitably invisible to the author but can be spotted by alert analysis is not grounds for fragmentary, incomplete work, be it anthropology, linguistics, fiction, or poetry.
deconstruction  philosophy  postmodernism  art  poetry  criticism  literature  failure 
march 2009 by tsuomela
The Plumbline School: complicating the issue
"in this age, every art deserves its atrophied audience. it’s very hard to find good contemporary poetry, and too easy to find old genius. it’s disheartening. if we are sisyphuses, then we can only hope to hear some orphic echoes over the hills once in a while, and if we find more than that it’s an embarrassment of riches."
poetry  criticism  nice-phrasing  art  writing 
february 2009 by tsuomela
The Perpetual Bird: Against the Binary
"What I'm trying to ask is if there isn't a holistic approach to poetry that respects the differences among poets and among readers. This approach would not aim to valorize one use of poetic techniques over another
poetry  criticism  schools  poetics  forms 
february 2009 by tsuomela
poetry craft and theory: creation, analysis and improvement.
Text Etc deals with the craft and theory of poetry: composition, analysis and improvement of literary work, including translation and the creation of good copies of well-known poems.
poetry  literature  theory  criticism  craft  creativity  writing 
february 2009 by tsuomela
Nina Katchadourian
Short stories told using the titles on the spines of books.
art  book  poetry 
october 2008 by tsuomela
Literary Information
database of poetry journals and magazines
poetry  publishing  database 
august 2008 by tsuomela
Islands Apart: A Notebook
by Eavan Boland
poetry  professional-standards  culture  outsider  marginal  academic 
july 2008 by tsuomela - Poetry, Poems, Bios & More - Catastrophe Theory II
Whatever the elements
(it's urban/it's pastoral,
it's empty/it's open), the theory says
it could always be worse.

Until it is. Then theory fails,
poem  poetry 
april 2008 by tsuomela
HG Poetics
The idea that the poem is only fully actualized in the "big outside" of the public stage (not necessarily a literal stage, but a performance nonetheless), in the "gray area" between art & politics.
poetry  theory  literature  performance  public 
march 2008 by tsuomela
Representative Poetry On-line: Editor's Introduction
Representative Poetry Online, version 3.0, includes 3,162 English poems by 500 poets from Caedmon, in the Old English period, to the work of living poets today. It is based on Representative Poetry, established by Professor W. J. Alexander of University C
poetry  literature  online  collection 
october 2007 by tsuomela
Lorem Ipsum: Dirge Without Music
Poem by Edna St. Vincent Millay, on mortality and death.
poetry  poem  writers  quotes 
december 2006 by tsuomela

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