The World as Meditation

The Sun, on the Horizon… Wallace Stevens was fond of writing and speculating—and (if I may) poetizing and philosophizing—about ‘the poem’. Inscribing a copy of his Collected Poems to one of Holly Stevens’ English professors, he wrote: When I speak of the poem, in this book, I mean not merely a literary form, but theContinue reading “The World as Meditation”

Poetry about poetry and poetry about hunger

I too, dislike it, Marianne Moore writes in a poem she simply called Poetry: as if sensing the ensuing fate of poetry is to be genuinely ignored—but offers a quick apologia: poetry is a place for the genuine, she insists. It is useful. One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by halfContinue reading “Poetry about poetry and poetry about hunger”

Expanding the Classroom

Fast Eyes Talk about amazing. The other day I turned on my computer. I got on the Internet, went to a webpage, sat there, put on my glasses…there was a lot of text swimming before my eyes…but I sat there and I read the whole thing! I read it slowly; I read it carefully; IContinue reading “Expanding the Classroom”