Tag Archives: poetics

aesthetics and hateration

When you hate on a woman for her pointy-toed shoes, skinniness, hairstyle, cheerleaderiness… you are participating in a misogynist system just as if you hated on her for being fat and not shaving her legs. You’re trying to comment on … Continue reading

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lenses and filters

firedancers 008 Originally uploaded by jenijen. The firedancing and poi last night at the geek dinner were great, but I noticed that they were even better through my camera lens, and especially through Jen’s camera lens. I wanted to watch … Continue reading

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More on process and poems

Again relating to Quickmuse. Man, this is the sort of neoformalist stick-up-the-butt work that makes me crazy, even when I also kind of like it. It makes me crazy how same-same it all is. They all sound like each other, … Continue reading

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Quickmuse and process

This looks nifty: QuickMuse, a poetry jam site that exposes writing process. You can see the finished poem and then do a playback of the writer compsing the poem, writing and deleting and shuffling things around. The interface, well, I … Continue reading

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Ejaculation and translation

I was poking around in violently engulfing Steiner’s book “After Babel” the other day and imagining my parody regendering of some of his more ridiculous passages. All the bits where he writes about translation as penetration and ejaculation and most … Continue reading

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function of the line

A handy link to Denise Levertov’s essay On the Function of the Line. (So I don’t lose it… I’ll come back to this later.) technorati tags: levertov, linebreaks, poetics, poetry, denise levertov Related posts:Hard drive down!She’s Geeky conference this weekend … Continue reading

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genre or movement?

I was challenged to explain what I mean by “genre” and how it’s different from a “literary movement”. So, is modernismo a genre? A movement? Or what? Some theorists talk about genre as form – as poetry, drama, prose; elegy, … Continue reading

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Gender and genre

As I continue reading Latin American literary criticism from the 20s and 30s onward, I keep noticing that critics often decide that women poets missed the genre bus. A critic will launch into a discussion of modernismo, and then mention … Continue reading

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Protector of the Small

Here’s some small and beautiful books that I have around the house: This Is Important by F.A. Nettelbeck. Half a sheet of letter paper, xeroxed, cut the long way and folded accordion-style. Tiny poems. WHEN you travel fora distance and … Continue reading

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Cheap thrills, writing hangovers, long poems

Have you ever written – and published – a line that later gives you a hot blush of shame? For me it’s always some cheap trick of rhetoric that seemed like a good idea when it spewed off my fingertips … Continue reading

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