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Poetic Thinking 2016 | January 29, 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

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

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

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

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

The birth of the overman: a sonnet

February 11, 2016 | 3






how could you wish to become new unless you had first become ashes!         — Zarathustra

This is the life that should not be for you. Though you did everything … Read More