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

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