Posts Tagged: Theory

Springboards, Straightjackets, and Writing from Life

Let’s talk about the herd of woolly mammoths in the room: How much of what poets and novelists write is (thinly) veiled real life stuff? Isn’t poetry supposed to be ‘real’?

Springboards, Straightjackets, and Writing from Life

Let’s talk about the herd of woolly mammoths in the room: How much of what poets and novelists write is (thinly) veiled real life stuff? Isn’t poetry supposed to be ‘real’?

Elizabeth Bishop: Secondary Sources

A little write-up (in the spirit of a personal annotated bibliography) of some secondary sources I looked at regarding Elizabeth Bishop. One of them isn’t really actually secondary, since it’s an interview with Bishop herself, but since it’s neither her prose

Elizabeth Bishop: Secondary Sources

A little write-up (in the spirit of a personal annotated bibliography) of some secondary sources I looked at regarding Elizabeth Bishop. One of them isn’t really actually secondary, since it’s an interview with Bishop herself, but since it’s neither her prose

The Bigger Picture: Modernism

Disclaimer: As I’m preparing for my comprehensive exams, I’m finding I have to organize my thoughts better, so in all honesty, this post as as much for myself as it is for anyone else. Modernism, which is generally agreed to

The Bigger Picture: Modernism

Disclaimer: As I’m preparing for my comprehensive exams, I’m finding I have to organize my thoughts better, so in all honesty, this post as as much for myself as it is for anyone else. Modernism, which is generally agreed to

Let the Flies Have it: Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey

You know how it goes — you see a book you really, really want to read, you get it, and then real life happens. Like coursework, lesson prep, grading, paper-writing, and all the rest. And the book sits there, quietly,

Let the Flies Have it: Mary Ruefle’s Madness, Rack, and Honey

You know how it goes — you see a book you really, really want to read, you get it, and then real life happens. Like coursework, lesson prep, grading, paper-writing, and all the rest. And the book sits there, quietly,

letters to a young poet (rilke)

in a small second-hand bookstore just outside hattiesburg, which literally had books wall to wall and floor to ceiling, i found this slim little volume: rainer maria rilke’s letters to a young poet. these letters being not quite as personal,

letters to a young poet (rilke)

in a small second-hand bookstore just outside hattiesburg, which literally had books wall to wall and floor to ceiling, i found this slim little volume: rainer maria rilke’s letters to a young poet. these letters being not quite as personal,

killing angels & demons (women & writing)

I turned upon her and caught her by the throat. I did my best to kill her. My excuse, if I had to be had up in a court of law, would be that I acted in self-defence. Had I

killing angels & demons (women & writing)

I turned upon her and caught her by the throat. I did my best to kill her. My excuse, if I had to be had up in a court of law, would be that I acted in self-defence. Had I

worth the words (2): why write? what is feedback?

still reading The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth and i keep finding little ideas in there that i like. so i will share a few more passages. about her journals: It is the fragmented style and its incompletion as well as

worth the words (2): why write? what is feedback?

still reading The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth and i keep finding little ideas in there that i like. so i will share a few more passages. about her journals: It is the fragmented style and its incompletion as well as

the how-to of poetry

J: you’ve failed once more in that a good poem is never tidy – never let on that you went through great pains to get your lipstick just right; lines should break like kamikazes; you should be beautiful in your

the how-to of poetry

J: you’ve failed once more in that a good poem is never tidy – never let on that you went through great pains to get your lipstick just right; lines should break like kamikazes; you should be beautiful in your

cats & dogs on literature (get fuzzy)

i do love it when several of my favorite things come together… in this case, it’s get fuzzy and creative writing. there are a few more that are more focused on fiction, and there are a couple that would work well

cats & dogs on literature (get fuzzy)

i do love it when several of my favorite things come together… in this case, it’s get fuzzy and creative writing. there are a few more that are more focused on fiction, and there are a couple that would work well

manifesto or something

(sylvia plath at her typewriter) this is for my friend katie who asked me to type up my condensed thoughts on reading and reading response.  how does a text work? what is writing? what is reading? what is literature?

manifesto or something

(sylvia plath at her typewriter) this is for my friend katie who asked me to type up my condensed thoughts on reading and reading response.  how does a text work? what is writing? what is reading? what is literature?

literary seductions (frances wilson)

“In a literary seduction the reader first falls in love with writing in the form of a book, a poem, a single line or an isolated word and then falls for the writer himself. Rather than being captivated by a

literary seductions (frances wilson)

“In a literary seduction the reader first falls in love with writing in the form of a book, a poem, a single line or an isolated word and then falls for the writer himself. Rather than being captivated by a