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Poetic Thinking 2016 | January 24, 2020

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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

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

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

Akira Rabelais’ Gymnopédie

February 10, 2016 | 1

In relation to Andrew’s post, I was thinking about ways to apply the language used in class to the domain of music.

In particular, there are so many example of “refiguration“ that come to mind. What about Heidegger’s “temple“?

I … Read More

When did living become such an inconvenience…

January 13, 2016 |

…that wine and food and love were necessary to “ply oneself” from any dismal “reality” that either a wise person or a fool would construct? When Qohelet despairs that “A dead fly makes the perfumer’s oil chalice stink,” am I … Read More

herding the wind: hopefulness and futility in ecclesiastes

January 13, 2016 |

Leonard Bernstein’s score for the 1961 film West Side Story (originally written for an earlier stage production), specifically Tony and Maria’s duet “One Hand, One Heart,” came to mind while reading Ecclesiastes. For those who haven’t seen the film, Tony and Maria are … Read More

Welcome to Poetic Thinking

October 13, 2015 |

Welcome to the course “Poetic Thinking Across Media.” This course will examine the human aptitude to approach life and the worlds we inhabit poetically, that is in manners of writing, speaking, and artistic creation that are not governed by systematic reasoning. … Read More