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Poetic Thinking 2016 | February 29, 2020

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Poetic Thinking 2016

Reflections on Refigurations: Thinking Across Media in One’s Own Work

March 18, 2016 |

As part of my final contribution for this course, I have decided to bring in a project I have been working on outside of my coursework, in conjunction with a student from the graduate School of Education and the … Read More

Chapulines Gratis (Free Grasshoppers)

March 17, 2016 |

Harkening back to our Jonathan Harris week, I’ve decided to share a piece that I made while traveling in Oaxaca in September 2013. I’ve never shared this piece, mostly because it felt like a private endeavor not terribly related to … Read More

Alternate Eurydices

March 16, 2016 |

As we discussed the Orpheus myth last week, it made me think of other versions of it that I’ve encountered. Both are by women, and both give a lot more voice to Eurydice than to Orpheus. The first one is … Read More

Poetic Thinking in Massumi

March 16, 2016 | 1

As I gather my thoughts and books for the next quarter’s work, I found an echo of our time together in Brian Massumi’s Parables for the Virtual. I already can see this will be a difficult text for me, and I … Read More

354b/(154b, 154, 354, 144b)

March 15, 2016 | 1

“Moreover, perhaps it isn’t love when I say you are what I love the most–you are the knife I turn inside myself, this is love. This, my dear, is love.” — F. Kafka

Montaigne, after losing his dear friend Étienne de … Read More

February 1922

March 15, 2016 | 1

I’m intrigued by the notion that we can pinpoint modernity to a single moment (Stephen Greenblatt would place it in 1417 when Poggio Bracciolini discovered a lost manuscript of Lucretius’ De rerum natura). The image of Rilke composing his sonnets … Read More

Philosophy and Thinking

March 14, 2016 | 4

This is a passage from Wittgenstein’s Zettel:



Maybe of use in our thinking of the nature of thinking.

What role, if any, can philosophy play in poetic thinking? What are the knots? And if the task of … Read More

Fear no more the heat of the sun

March 12, 2016 |

**NB: This essay seeks to address the existentialist themes of The Seventh Seal, focusing mainly on the paradox of the pour-soi and Kierkegaard’s “crowd,” drawing from No Exit, The Ethics of Ambiguity, and The Myth of Sisyphus, among others. As Harry’s posts suggest, … Read More

Marx on Art in Different Epochs

March 11, 2016 | 1

Marx has come up a few times in passing during this seminar, but I was led to recall a specific passage from the Grundrisse during our last class, in which we found ourselves discussing works of literature spanning two millennia. … Read More

The poetic as regenerative force

March 10, 2016 | 4

I was struck by the following sentence from A Lover’s Discourse, which I think may have something to say about poetic thinking, or at least poetic language:

I continue to fool myself as to the effects of language: I do … Read More