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Poetic Thinking 2016 | February 17, 2020

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It is so ordered

March 9, 2016 | 1

In our discussion of love today, I am thinking a lot about Justice Kennedy’s words from Obergefell v. Hodges, which seem to be a kind of legal poetry about love for our era:

“No union is more profound than marriage, … Read More

Chess, Imagination, and Fear in 1957

March 9, 2016 | 2

Bobby Fischer was at the height of his powers in 1957. At 14 years old, he was rising to his position as world champion, a title which he would win in 1958. In the Cold War year’s of Bobby Fischer’s … Read More

Small Acts of Poetic Thinking

March 9, 2016 | 2

Our discussions in this class have focused on work that has been given a distinguished position in society and in our lives by virtue of the epithet ‘art’ (I mean this only in a descriptive sense—that we do, in fact, … Read More

Death and The Button Moulder

March 9, 2016 |

Thinking about The Seventh Seal, I have been thinking about how Death is portrayed. We spoke a little bit last week about the fact that Death is not Satan, not evil. He has no malice for the knight, even though he … Read More

This Love is a Gas Chamber

March 9, 2016 | 2

Barthes writes:

Is it not indecent to compare the situation of a love-sick subject to that of an inmate of Dachau? Can one of the most unimaginable insults of History be compared with a trivial, childish, sophisticated, obscure incident occurring … Read More

Struggling to Hear/Tenth Elegy

March 7, 2016 | 4






















When Orpheus failed to bring Eurydice out of

the darkness,

he fell in love with a Lament.

He wanders … Read More

Poetic Thinking and The Future

March 4, 2016 | 3

I’ve recently been pondering three questions at the intersection of ‘Poetic Thinking’ and ‘The Future’.

First, to the extent that Poetic Thinking has the potential to change how we think and relate to ourselves, it seems worthwhile to consider the … Read More

The Book of Miracles

March 4, 2016 | 1

Bergman’s invocation of the seemingly apocalyptic Middle Ages prompted me to revisit an illuminated manuscript that I came across earlier this year, which (to my understanding) was only recently re-discovered. A better description than I could have offered is given … Read More

Bergman and Overstimulation

March 3, 2016 | 2

Having seen The Seventh Seal once prior to this class (an experience—my first with Bergman—that led me to watch six or seven more of his films), I re-approached it this week intent on deciphering what I then found (and continue … Read More

Coetzee, Reilly

March 3, 2016 | 1

After our discussion of Elizabeth Costello last Wednesday, I continued to think about the relationship between writer and his/her work. Maybe things like the author’s intention are of no importance, but maybe a consideration of the author’s intention could help to … Read More