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  1. Poets & Epiphany

    Epiphany



    This is the word most misused by poets. It means “something invisible that emerges from something visible.” Poets forget it’s religious and requires divine intervention. To them, it’s “any eureka moment that offers a warm personal gesture of appreciation to a poet from herself.” I’m against solipsism, as it leads to uncertain outcomes.
    The classic case is “pnevma.” Ancient Greeks reasoned that pnevma, “breath,” was life’s essence, since it went obviously ...
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  2. Trump's Future

    Here are my predictions:
    ∙ He’ll get grumpier.
    ∙ Something will go wrong, and he’ll make it worse.
    ∙ His blind trust will have eyes.
    ∙ He and facts will remain strangers.
    ∙ He won’t win the Nobel Peace Prize.
    ∙ His policies will be based on The Gong Show.
    ∙ He’ll create full employment for journalists.
    ∙ He’ll never aim before he fires.
    ∙ His tweets will bite him.
    ∙ McConnell ...
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  3. SOME THOUGHTS ON POETIC QUALITY

    Many "poems" nowadays are prose elevated to poetry by political correctness. A poem is not metaphor alone, but a nexus of elements that express human experience for aesthetic purpose; for poetry, this means using language charged to the utmost with the best words in the best order. "Charged to the utmost" means using poetic elements in the most effective manner--rhythm, rhyme, image, metaphor, &c. It also means realizing one or more aesthetic principles that distinguish Art ...
  4. Daedalus in Exile

    Quote Originally Posted by James Hercules Sutton View Post
    Here's one.

    [The trick is to get into character, "negative capability."]

    Daedalus in Exile.


    At first, this island with its strange religion
    allowed me almost to enjoy my exile.
    I built its Labyrinth, whose technical decisions
    engaged some of my talents for awhile.
    There was some satisfaction in my knowing
    that I ranked high within the king's esteem.
    The courtiers’ reports of me were glowing;
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  5. After 24 hours, . . .

    Quote Originally Posted by James Hercules Sutton View Post
    Marianne Moore Mitigating Loss.


    Work that remains unfinished lurks in the mind
    to haunt the heart, like an aborted foetus.
    Poets prefer to speak of roads not taken,
    but roads that lead from nothing to nowhere are more
    like driving in fog. If any antidote exists
    for regret or remorse, it’s knowing that these, too,
    dissipate either in sunshine or strong wind.
    Knowing that ev’ry trip adds something
    to the hand now on the wheel teaches
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