Poetry, Power, and Panache

Cody Walker
December 26, 2014
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“Me, we,” wrote Muhammad Ali, in what may be the shortest poem ever composed (or at least the shortest poem ever delivered as part of a Harvard commencement address). It’s a lovely, inclusive statement—very much in the “for every atom…

Home, words

T Clutch Fleischmann
December 24, 2014
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When I was very young, I was obsessed with the Arnold Lobel book Owl at Home, in which the main character (Owl) makes tear-water tea. I read this many days in a row. I remember sitting with it one afternoon,…

Ruefle, Redux (Part Three)

Cody Walker
December 23, 2014
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In her lecture “On Sentimentality” (collected in Madness, Rack, and Honey), Mary Ruefle provides the full text of Hart Crane’s “Chaplinesque” and then offers Crane’s own explication of the poem’s final lines (“but we have seen / The moon in…

Patterns of Poetic Revolution

Amit Majmudar
December 16, 2014
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  One of the most famous lines in English poetry about poetry is Moore’s “I, too, dislike it.” The interesting thing is just how much the best poets, historically, have disliked the poetry immediately preceding theirs. The classic critical explanation:…

Kelley and pain

T Clutch Fleischmann
December 15, 2014
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This fall, I had two conversations with friends about Mike Kelley, both following the late artist’s exhibition at MoCA. My friends’ opinions were dichotomous, which is pretty standard for reactions to Kelley’s work. While his practice in diverse modes and…

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