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

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