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What Huge Imago

On this Veterans’ Day I salute military persons past and present who have honored their country, including my son, a Navy man currently serving on a far shore. I’ve undertaken my periodic re-memorization of W.H. Auden’s epoch-spanning poem “September 1, … Continue reading

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The Poetry Mandate

The Italian poet Gabriele d’Annunzio declared himself ruler of the city of the Hapsburg city of Fiume (now Rijeka in Croatia) on Sept. 12, 1919. His “rule” lasted 15 months. “He mandated daily poetry readings, regular concerts and constant fireworks.” … Continue reading

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“Sagacious Show in a Handsome Shack”

Brice Marden’s artistic and cultural crossing of boundaries is exciting. In the mid-1980s, the abstract painter Brice Marden veered from his early monochromes and grids to calligraphic circuits, inspired by his reading of the… poet Hanshan, or Cold Mountain… Black … Continue reading

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Poet Brand

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More Wit, Less Affirmation!

Jessa Crispin cites two writers to illustrate the distinction she draws between aphorism and affirmation. Aphorism: “He who fears death will never do anything worthy of a man who is alive.” (Seneca) Affirmation: “I do not need the kind of … Continue reading

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Poetry for the Kitchen Slops Bucket

Lucasta Miller is the author of “L.E.L.: The Lost Life and Scandalous Death of Letitia Elizabeth Landon, the Celebrated ‘Female Byron.’” Landon’s “scandalous” death occurred at her own hand with prussic acid at age 36. Even today, Letitia Landon provokes … Continue reading

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W. S. Merwin (1927-2019)

This tribute to W. S. Merwin is by Dr. A. Hope Jahren, a geobiologist who is author of the memoir “Lab Girl” and a professor at the University of Oslo. My own experience of Merwin has been mostly through his … Continue reading

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