March 23, 2016

(1) Every beautiful poem...
should contain at least one line that is painful, or pinches your better judgment.


(2) Every painful poem...
should contain at least one line that makes you smile.


(3) Every tragic poem...
should... at least once... make you laugh.

March 15, 2016

I'm long enough out of the loop now, that I no longer feel much of a need to argue with academics over the nature of high versus low art. But, as I read quite a bit of Wallace Stevens and Elizabeth Bishop these last few weeks, I was struck this morning by a considerabl...

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