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Archive for September, 2007

I don’t know where to slot this post (true intertextuality?!), but I have been ruminating about it for awhile. I shifted back into this thought-gear a couple of days ago after a conversation with a Mary Wash grad, and fellow English major (alright, alright…it’s Amanda). We were discussing the scary/overwhelming/disheartening politics of the fuddy-duddy MFA […]

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“Sestina” (or, “Young Woman Visits her Childhood Home, to Find that the Bradford Pear is Missing.”) The music is live from the bar, lit violet and falling, through the hornbeam leaves onto the window, onto you: spread like porcelain sand dunes under a black sky. Turn up your eyes, variegated as the sky and live, […]

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“Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” Aunt Jennifer’s tigers prance across a screen, Bright topaz denizens of a world of green. They do not fear the men beneath the tree; They pace in sleek chivalric certainty. Aunt Jennifer’s fingers fluttering though her wool Find even the ivory needle hard to pull. The massive weight of Uncle’s wedding band […]

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“Crying with the Chimney Swifts” Papery brown blades are folding under the running shoes of a boy. He misses the pigskin football, raised Braille clanging on the iron, ivied lamppost. The tired, nothing sky of winter holds out, and would mean snow if it were not for the long-leafed yella pines and magnolias framing it. […]

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live. or is it live?

(Hanover st. in downtown Fredericksburg.) …talk about an advantageous word choice for a sestina… Whitney

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I know we only got to ONE Bishop poem on Thursday, but I can’t say I am surprised.  Bishop packs a punch. One of my high school english teachers saw fit to hand me a collection of Bishop poems about four years ago, with the statement “Bishop is a poet’s poet…I think you’ll like her.” […]

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In honor of reading The Canterbury Tales, I needed to revisit an informative podcast about our friend Geoff Chaucer. The BBC series “In Our Time” (which Dr. C first introduced to me in a class a couple of years ago) features interesting discussions about topics of history, science, philosophy, mathematics, physics, literature, etc. held by […]

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When I was studying abroad last semester in London, I frequented The Photographer’s Gallery, between Trafalgar Square and Chinatown. For a while, they had a fascinating exhibit of the work of Joachim Schmid, who operates on the premise of reusing found photos to construct his own artwork. More can be read about his exhibit: Found, […]

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(If you read my personal blog, this is a repeat (kinda) of another posting there. Sorry. But thanks for your loyalty. If you want, just watch the video again, because that never gets old.) [kml_flashembed movie=”http://youtube.com/v/B96zLNbVZZc” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] I had the extreme pleasure of seeing two of my favorite bands in concert a […]

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found poem!

(made from bits of Mary Kinzie) I believe poets: how they stand back, focus on the horizon, temporally, thinking so hard in the atmosphere that they enter you like breathing, like the surrounding trellis of the lines, fishing in unseen waters, coming into existence beneath your hand, movement at minimum, the threshold assumption absorbed from […]

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