Category Archives: Schools/Movements

Are The New Formalists Just A Literary Footnote?

T.S. Eliot was a big fan of footnotes. Just read “The Waste Land”. I think the notes take up more space than the poem – and it’s a long poem. I don’t think the New Formalist poets have that problem. From X.J. Kennedy to Dana Gioia, the New Formalist’s have their own problems. But I’m…

Introducing The Imagists

One of the things that I’ve learned over the years about leadership (yeagh, nasty taste in my mouth) is that you’ve got to know your limitations. I’d like to say that is something I learned in the military, but that would not be true. Military leaders do not typically recognize limitations. Even if they are…

Hybrid Poetry: Post Avant Or Something Else?

I just finished reading American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology Of New Poetry edited by Cole Swensen and David St. John. The book is a compilation of poets and a selection of their poems that have been published over the past 10 or 20 years, illustrating the vast expanse of poetic ideologies on the current scene….

Poems For The Utopian Nihilist

When I was a young rebellious man (as opposed to now being an old rebellious man) I thought it crafty to take two opposing ideas and juxtapose them by melding them into one phrase that on the surface appeared to be a contradiction, an oxymoron. Examples might be Contemporary antiquities Elevated valley Stupid genius Utopian…

A Few Short Poetry Announcements

Just dropping in to make a few short announcements. Sorry for the brevity, but these must be mentioned and I haven’t much time. I’ll write more later: The Twitter poem experiment for National Poetry Month went very well. While I wasn’t much impressed with some of the poems I wrote for Twitter distribution, it seems…

Tin House Books Presents …

Satellite Convulsions: Poetry From Tin House Tin House Magazine debuted in 1999. Since then it has been a powerhouse of postmodern poetry while making inroads into a new era. Frankly, I think we’ve moved beyond the postmodern, but some postmodern icons are still represented in the pages of the magazine as evidenced by its recently…

Guest Blogger: The Simulacra, Context, and Poetry

Jean Baudrillard, a French philosopher, wrote Simulations and Simulacra in the early 1980s. In this book, Baudrillard takes on two major themes of a postmodern society that lead to an interesting problem: the loss of the Real. For this entry, I will focus just on the simulacra of Simulations and Simulacra in the context of…

Poetic Blogging: Be My Guest

Today I’d like to invite you to be my guest – a guest blogger that is. Some of you have blogs of your own and that’s fine. Others of you do not have a blog at all, and that’s fine too. Either way, I’d like to invite you to be a guest blogger here at…

The Post-Literate Age And The Coming Epic (Reprise)

I had intended for this series to be a three-part series. But I found myself digressing into a lengthy discussion on technology in the previous post. I found it to be necessary because I believe technology will be an integral part to creating and publishing literature in the 21st century. We do not yet know…

Post-Literate Poetics And The Coming Epic

It’s been a busy three days. Political conventions, distractions of one sort or another, computer issues, etc. But you don’t want to hear about any of that. You came to read about the future of the epic. So let’s get on with it, shall we? The Epic Is Not Dead (Thanks Walt Whitman!) Epics are…

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