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Poetic Thinking 2016 | October 22, 2019

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Poetic Thinking 2016

On Interpretation

February 22, 2016 |

Prompted by Amir’s opening comments on Friday, as well as our discussion of photography and the fiction/non-fiction dichotomy in Didion’s book, I’ve been thinking about the role of interpretation in poetic thinking, and in particular the question of when or … Read More

Shot dead

February 19, 2016 | 3

“would you still want to travel to that country if you could not take a camera with you. – a question of appropriation” ― Nayyirah Waheed, salt.

The photograph allows us to possess space and time, compress it into a … Read More

Where Should We Look?

February 19, 2016 | 1

One of the elements of yesterday’s discussion I most resonated with was Lucy’s depiction of works of art as sites of potentiality for Poetic Thinking, rather than as objects to which we might attribute Poetic Thinking as a label. For … Read More

Musings on death

February 19, 2016 | 1

It is said that those who fear death secretly fear life. They fear, perhaps, the end of the possibility of life — the point at which that potential finally becomes unrealised forever, always already unrealised. But those who grasp life, … Read More

Sebald, Carson, Gass and Barthes: two poems, three photographs,

February 18, 2016 |

I was thinking of these different photographs and doing some creative writing–the two pieces seemed to turn into a kind of poem (two different poems actually).

Me: I am quite interested in the essay as a form, along with the … Read More

Salcedo and Celan: softened eyes, attention and sensitivities

February 18, 2016 | 1

I attach this link thinking of our discussion most generally yesterday. The article written by Cathy Park Hong is called ‘Against Witness.’ It puts the visual artist, Doris Salcedo, and the poet, Paul Celan, into an explicit dialogue. Regarding … Read More


February 18, 2016 | 2

I want to pick up where we left off at the end of class today.  There seemed to be some discomfort about the gap between Joan Didion, the real person and author, and “Joan Didion,” the narrator of The Year of … Read More

Response to the Anderson Collection: Oakland Maquette, Fletcher Benton, 1969

February 17, 2016 |

Fletcher Benton’s Oakland Maquette is part television, part swimming pool. Although its structure mimics the shape of the kind of small television you might have found sitting on the counter of a suburban kitchen in 1969, the central action of Oakland Maquette … Read More

The way of Montaigne and the way of the Samurai.

February 17, 2016 |

“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.” (p. 62)

The main point is that only through accepting and contemplating death, we can live freely. We cannot forget about death, because eventually something is going to … Read More

Tasteful gimmicks for the dreamer

February 15, 2016 |

Hearkening back to our first encounter with the “verse contributing” capabilities of the iPad Air, a tangential Google search for “Je refuse” led me to a concise but vaguely transcendental write up on Sartre’s rejection of the Nobel Prize.  A … Read More