Statement of Philosophy

A site for exploration and discussion about verse, poetics, the aesthetic, and creative writing in general.

Because there is a profound difference between writing something to be read and writing something worth reading; and in that difference might beauty be found.



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Table of Contents (with the subject headers)

This is a list of the posts (excluding posts concerning blog matters and such). The longer posts and essays are listed separately by title. The shorter posts that engage poems (or other texts) are given in reverse order of posting, listed by the subject header that leads off each post, the poem title, and then author.

Formatting note: not all browsers (e.g., the occasional ipad browswer) support reversed list numbering yet, so the numbers may appear to ascend rather than descend.


 
Long Posts and Essays (alphabetical)
 

  1. § • 30 more things to say from matt haig, so let's talk about grammar
  2. § • but you don't have to call me johnson: taking a run at the words poetry, poem, and poet
  3. § • notes on the idea of organicism — part i: coleridge
  4. § • notes on the idea of organicism — part ii
  5. § • the optimistic literary elitist • a response to "30 things to tell a book snob" by Matt Haig
  6. § • poetry in the u.s.: a response to "Poetry Slam" • "Poetry Slam: Or, The Decline of American Poetry" by Mark Edmundson
  7. § • #poppoetry: the unsurprising culture of poetry in the u.s., part i. introduction: that which should be assumed
  8. § • #poppoetry: the unsurprising culture of poetry in the u.s., part ii. emotionality, authority, and morality
  9. § • #poppoetry: the unsurprising culture of poetry in the u.s., part iii. the poem and the replies: structure and ideation first half
  10. § • #poppoetry: the unsurprising culture of poetry in the u.s., part iii. the poem and the replies: structure and ideation second half
  11. § • #poppoetry: the unsurprising culture of poetry in the u.s., part iv. summation, conclusion, and the inevitable j'accuse

 
Repeating and Thematic Posts
 

poetry that writers of poetry have no excuse not reading

 

aphorisms on the creative endeavor


 
Poetry Exploration Posts (in reverse order of posting)
 

  1. § • shape: what works and what doesn't
    "Narrow Flame" • Linda Gregerson
  2. § • after closer reading . . . .
    "Black Locusts" • Cameron Barnett
  3. § • on the transportive quality of poetry
    "On Poetry" • Ai Weiwei
  4. § • the contextual nature of meter in English
    "The Circus Animals' Desertion" • W.B. Yeats
  5. § • a reading
    "In Memory of W.B. Yeats" • W.H. Auden
  6. § • a note on difficulty
    The Sea and the Mirror • W.H. Auden
  7. § • an exploration post
    "Taxing the Rain" • Penelope Shuttle
  8. § • some of Eliot's own line periods
    "The Hollow Men" • T.S. Eliot
  9. § • the line period
    Tamburlaine the Great, Part I • Christopher Marlowe
  10. § • the erotic and the merely sexual
    "the mind is its own beautiful prisoner" • E.E. Cummings
  11. § • another example of the difference between the poetic and prosaic modalities
    "Disillusionment of Ten O'Clock" • Wallace Stevens; "Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" • Adrienne Rich
  12. § • demonstrating the difference between the prosaic and poetic modes
    "Patterns" • Amy Lowell; "Garden" • H.D.
  13. § • playing with composition and a note on ornament
    Drinking to do
  14. § • similes, and metaphoricity
    "Year of the Cat" • Al Stewart
  15. § • a note on confidence
    Wivenhoe Park • John Constable
  16. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part ix – crash davis vs. the zombies
    The Grand Finale
  17. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part viii – more on moments, less on wholes
    "Frequently Asked Questions: 10" • Camille T. Dungy; "Evanescent Hesse," "Thor and Saturn's Tête-à-tête," "The Mad Man from Macon" • Maceo J. Whitaker; "Vert" • Catherine Staples; "Salad Days" • Thomás Q. Morín; "Donut" • Julian Stannard; "Green Permanent" • Jessica Greenbaum; "A Horse Named Never" • Jennifer Chang; "Arrhythmia" • Hailey Leithauser; "What Is a Grackle?," "Advice from the Grackle" • Susan Elizabeth Howe
  18. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part vii – facts, fragments, and realism
    "Listening to Townes Van Zandt" • Christine Gosnay; Claudia Emerson; "Arcadia" • James Longenbach
  19. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part vi – fragments and amalgams, similes and metaphors, and a bit on confidence
    "Florida," "Almost" • Matt Hart; from "Dark Honey" • Reginald Gibbons
  20. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part v – list verse; more on pop-formatting; and defenses of texts
    "The Friend" • Matt Hart
  21. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part iv – the shape of verse and pop-poetic convention
    "Background Information" • Rae Armantrout; "Object Lesson" • Rae Armantrout; "Midnight Office" • Cynthia Cruz
  22. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part iii – pop-poetic convention and clothesline verse
    "Let the Light Stand" • Corey Mesler; "Autobiographical Fragment," "A Citizen" • Katie Peterson; "Asymmetries" • Rae Armantrout
  23. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part ii – breaking lines vs. writing lines
    "Nailing Wings to the Dead" • Eleanor Hooker; "The Raising of Lazarus" • Franz Wright
  24. § • review: poetry magazine (oct. 2015) – part i
    "Five Yellow Roses," "Dialogue with an Artist" • Matthew Sweeney;
  25. § • the intellect and the internet
    an FB comment •
  26. § • the question of merit
    "Song" • Laetitia Landon
  27. § • demonstration of poetic form
    "Cold Tea Blues" • Cowboy Junkies
  28. § • the action of the prosaic and the poetic
    "My Brother's Insomnia" • Tony Eric Pankey
  29. § • returning to the definition of poetry
    "Bible Study" • Tony Hoagland
  30. § • an object lesson in brilliance
    "Let It Go" from Frozen
  31. § • an exercise in deep reading
    Sam Coleridge Goes to the Superbowl
  32. § • line construction, and sham or genuine poetics
    "Journey of the Magi" • T.S. Eliot
  33. § • a question of confidence; an issue of strength
    My Life • Lyn Hejinian
  34. § • it takes two to tango
    "Metzengerstein" • Edgar Allen Poe
  35. § • an exploration of poetic structure
    "Pelicans in December" • J. Allyn Rosser
  36. § • poetic structure: aesthetic ideation vs. brute factuality
    "Mariana" • Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  37. § • exploring the poetic-prosaic axis through example
    A Burial at Thebes and "Hercules and Antaeus" • Seamus Heaney
  38. § • correcting some problems in an earlier post — a theoretic exploration
    Poetic Diction • Owen Barfield
  39. § • reading selectively and reading collectively — another demonstration that reading well means close reading
    "My God, It's Full of Stars" and Life on Mars • Tracy K. Smith
  40. § • an exploration post
    "A Way" • Rosanna Warren
  41. § • verse or prose, poetic or prosaic
    "Hymn to Life" • Timothy Donnelly
  42. § • a shared bibliography
    Poetic Diction • Owen Barfield
  43. § • structure and organic unity
    Sonnet 128 • William Shakespeare
  44. § • why the basics are so important (at least, to me)
    "Rain of Statues" • Sarah Lindsey
  45. § • ekphrastic poetry and ideational strength
    "Modigliani's Cellist" • Barbara Siegel Carlson
  46. § • an exploration of measure and musical phrasing
  47. § • the aural effects of poetic grammar
    The Ticket That Exploded (excerpt) • William S. Burroughs
  48. § • the importance of knowledge to creating
    The Waste Land (first stanza) • T.S. Eliot
  49. § • shifts in subject (with a footnote on rhythm)
    "One Little Good Thing About It" • Patricia Smith
  50. § • exploring structure
    "Congenital" • Amy McCann
  51. § • Bocola on Modernism and the "primitive," and Cassirer on theoretical and mythical thinking
    "Ars Poetica" • Archibald MacLeish
  52. § • exploring a poem (organic form and pop conventionality)
    "Sleeping Women in Movies" • Janet McCann
  53. § • reading typography
    "Gymnopédia No.3" • Adrian Matejka
  54. § • when you no longer care about literature, it's hard to show you care about literature
    "Academe Quits Me" (a blog post) • D.G. Myers
  55. § • appreciation; alternatively, forcing the poem for an easy audience
    "Slight Pause" • Joy Katz
  56. § • the very important importance of lines
    "Confession" • Carrie Shipers • "When Fruit and Flowers Hung Thick Falling" • Katie Peterson
  57. § • god lies in the details
    "Epic" • Ange Mlinko
  58. § • more is not better; ergo, the few are not the best
    "Epic" • Ange Mlinko
  59. § • Two Thoughts (and a Note) on the Poetic After Having Barely Started to Read Charles O. Hartman's Free Verse: An Essay on Prosody
  60. § • the very important importance of lines
    "Rocket" • Todd Boss
  61. § • the structure of the content
    "Lost Cilization" • Henry Hart
  62. § • creative writing versus reportage and description (and the "mayonnaise jar" trope)
    "Lo Mein" • August Kleinzahler
  63. § • wording and context, and poetic gameplay
    "Bad Sheep" • Hailey Leithauser
  64. § • asking the question: "why should I read this?"
    "A Fold in Time" • Ann Lauterbach
  65. § • explorations in punctuation and ideation
    "The Mind After Everything Has Happened" • Rowan Ricardo Phillips
  66. § • asking why? and not just what?
    "How to Make Love in the Garden of Good and Evil" • Lo Kwa Mei-en
  67. § • six months in: a need to step back, and robinson jeffers • time for a pause
  68. § • the phantasy of the aesthetic
    "Yellow Goblins" • Fanny Howe
  69. § • awwww, out of the mouth of poetastry, the relationship of mimetic representation and convention
    "Mimesis" • Fady Joudah
  70. § • a bar for poetic ability?
    "Nimium Minus Solus Quam Solus" • Daryl Hine
  71. § • the play between the poetic line and its internal structure
    "Weight Gain" • Moira Egan
  72. § • grammar snobbery again (and the weirdest pocoyo ever)
    Stephen Fry
  73. § • a note on the grammar inherent to a poem • "Our Lady of Ash Wednesday" • Joe Hall
  74. § • the good of sound and form; the bad of ideation
    "We Come Elemental" • Tamiko Beyer
  75. § • exploring poetry while playing around with the poems
    Two Poems • Tom Hennen
  76. § • meticulous wording: another exercise in close reading
    "Space Junk" • Lisa Olstein
  77. § • text and form: an exploration of organic vs. conventional nature
    "Never the Twain" • Partridge Boswell
  78. § • exploring "write what you know," the info dump, and other bits
    "For the Next Task, I Turn From My Bench" • Matthew Nienow
  79. § • another convention of pop poetry -- little pretties -- and ideational depth
    "Bloodletting" • Alex Dimitrov
  80. § • more on contemporary, poetic conventionality (but first, the ampersand)
    "Demonstrated Melancholy" • Nate Pritts
  81. § • the genre of contemporary poetry and anaphora
    "All You Know" • Carol Ann Davis
  82. § • the small poem (and a bit about the unexpectedly hackneyed)
    "Ecstasy" • Jane Miller
  83. § • abstraction and control
    "The Other One" • Nadine Botha
  84. § • accidental meter and rhyme
    "Because There Is No Ending" • Pimone Triplett
  85. § • exploring content and structure, and poetic laziness (with, first, a grammar/syntax point)
    "Going Back to Bimble" • Maurice Manning
  86. § • a bit about the process
    "Dusk in the Ruins" • Ernest Hilbert
  87. § • writing habits and not writing about yourself
    "Canticle of Clouds" • Jennifer Atkinson
  88. § • ideation, depth, and bombs
    "Spook House" • Benjamin Myers
  89. § • clothesline poetry and unity (with a bit about Surrealism)
    "Risk Management Memo: Small Enterprise" • Mary Biddinger
  90. § • abstraction and pretty emptiness
    "Dominion Over the Larger Animal" • Sophie Cabot Black
  91. § • an open(ed) letter to the so-called editors of Verse Daily
    "Word All Over, Beautiful as Sky" • David Axelrod
  92. § • sufficiency of content, and the organic whole
    "Brief Study of Parades" • Jill Osier
  93. § • playing with wording and ideation
    "Here Be Monsters" • Katherine Coles
  94. § • prose hiding behind line breaks
    "Phlogiston Footage" • Nicky Beer
  95. § • meter and meaning
    Two Poems • Glyn Maxwell
  96. § • the prose poem, and the distinction between poetry and prose
    "Ms. and Super Pac Man" • M.J. Best
  97. § • some general, exploratory questions
    "Sister as Moving Object" • Jan Beatty
  98. § • the stanza break, and difference and repetition
    "To a Young Father" • Sidney Lea
  99. § • narrative verse
    "Northwest Passage" • James Pollock
  100. § • a grammar note
    "Insomniac Romance" • Lynn Levin
  101. § • wording, metaphor, and the narrative "I"
    "Elk Skeleton" • Amy Fleury
  102. § • the poetic line
    "Ode to the Artichoke" • translated by William Pitt Root
  103. § • the masculine and feminine line
    "[but the rain is rull of ghosts tonight]" • Dawn Lonsinger
  104. § • when a text lies
    "Solitude" • John Daniel
  105. § • verse daily sloppiness
    "Dear So & So" • Beth Marzoni
  106. § • poetic unity, and internal contradiction
    "Learning to Live With Stone" • Kelly Cherry
  107. § • how grammar works within the poem's system
    "The Bladder" • David Keplinger
  108. § • poetic structure
    "Wander" • Andrea Hollander
  109. § • poetic structure
    "What Befalls You" • Ethel Rackin
  110. § • poetry as exploration of language
    Three Poems • Anne Carson
  111. § • line breaks
    "Butterfly with Parachute" • Stephen Burt
  112. § • the chorus
    Three Poems • Ron Smith
  113. § • the first line of the poem
    "When Men Go Off to War" • Victoria Kelly
  114. § • on multiple readings
    "A Road in the Sky" • Elizabeth Lindsey Rogers
  115. § • a moment on prosody
    "Housebound" • Jacqueline Pope
  116. § • superfluous words and poetic lines
    "Elegy" • Jaswinder Bolina
  117. § • unity, and energy
    "Augenblick" • Mark Irwin
  118. § • line breaks
    Two Poems and "Ealuscerwen" • Charles Simic and Edward Mayes
  119. § • the narrative "I"
    "Tablet" • Chris Dombrowski
  120. § • ekphrasis
    "In Vitebsk There Lives a Cow" • Nuala Ní Chonchúir
  121. § • prose poems and paragraph poems
    "Times Like These: Marianna, Florida" • L. Lamar Wilson
  122. § • close reading and aesthetic sophistication
    "The Little Georgia Magnet" • R.T. Smith
  123. § • meter and the poetic line
    "Glass of Water and Coffee Pot" • Robin Robertson
  124. § • poetic structure, and poetic grammar
    "Necessity Defense of Institutional Memory" • Camille Rankine
  125. § • narrative poetry, and poetry as "calculation"
    "The Letters" • Jack Ridl
  126. § • poetry and the dream; technique and the poetic whole
    Three Poems • Sarah Arvio
  127. § • lists
    "A Moment" • Philip Schultz
  128. § • center formatting
    "The Caravaggio Room" • Ron Smith
  129. § • lines and line breaks
    "The Ruin" • Jacob Polley
  130. § • line breaks and poetic structure
    A Cup of Water Turns Into a Rose (excerpt) Lawrence Raab
  131. § • free verse and the poetic ear (and grammar)
    "Ars Poetica" • Natania Rosenfeld
  132. § • ideation (and a note on the punchline poem)
    "The Joy That Tends Toward Unbecoming" • Joseph Fasano
  133. § • is there a bar in poetry publishing?
    "Conversion Figure" • Mary Szibist
  134. § • grammar and syntax too
    "Bethany Man" • Ricardo Pau-Llosa
  135. § • "perfection in miniature"
    "Women Looking Up Into a Plum Tree" • Melanie McCabe
  136. § • line breaks
    "Eviction Notice" • Dan Gerber
  137. § • the poetic ear (and line breaks)
    "nostalgia&tm;" • Robert Hershon
  138. § • close reading
    "Geckos in Obscure Light" • William Logan
  139. § • the emotion bomb
    "The Horses Are Fighting" • Jill Osier
  140. § • examining examining a poem
    "The Evil Key" • Sinéad Morrisey
  141. § • suddenly, no depth
    "Five White Birds" • Catharine Savage Brosman
  142. § • fortissimo! then not
    "Salt Water Ducks" • Cleopatra Mathis
  143. § • crafting little things
    "Rapprochement" • Geoffrey Nutter
  144. § • little things do count
    "Q" • Michael McFee

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