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noise & silence – “insert poetry everywhere anywhere here.” a poem by Donna Fleischer

insert poetry everywhere anywhere here.
by Donna Fleischer

Bar-do teachings say when the dead person walks into the sun, she sees no shadow;

when she looks into a mirror she sees no reflection; when she steps out of the stream

she has no footprints. In this way she learns that she is dead

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[Forum] Stonewall at Fifty | Harper’s Magazine – Part 3

Stormé DeLarverie in New York City, 1999. Photograph by Robert Giard © The Estate of Robert Giard. Courtesy the New York Public Library, Manuscripts and Archives Division

Source: [Forum] Stonewall at Fifty | Harper’s Magazine – Part 3

#MeToo: Joan Retallack | Chicago Review

Above: Hieronymus Bosch, “Garden of Earthly Delights” (detail), via Wikimedia Commons.

Joan Retallack     from Alterity, Misogyny & the Agonistic Feminine     Above: Hieronymus Bosch, “Garden of Earthly Delights” (detail), via Wikimedia Commons.   Antigone . . .

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Letting You In on a Secret: Alyssa DeLuccia’s Photographed Collages | 3 Quarks Daily

Terror with Theresa May Turning Her Back on Europe

. . . the philosopher Hannah Arendt analyzed precisely this in an interview with Roger Errera in 1974: If people are constantly lied to, the result isn’t that they believe the lies, but rather that no one believes anything at all anymore. (…) And a people that can no longer believe anything cannot make up its mind. It is deprived not only of its capacity to act, but also of its capacity to think and to judge. And with such a people you can then do what you please.

Letting You in on a Secret is an eloquent artistic inquiry into present-day politics, the media, and contemporary life — one that takes the form of a visual essay operating within the disturbance pattern of a subtle but crucial shift in medium…
Source: Letting You In on a Secret: Alyssa DeLuccia’s Photographed Collages | 3 Quarks Daily

Stalin As Linguist by Tom Clark Dispatches from the Poetry Wars

Source: Dispatches Poetry Wars

Stalin As Linguist by Tom Clark

A Writer’s Act of Divination

Selah Saterstrom proposes that the act of divinatory reading and the reading of a text are interchangeable, that a text is far more than a sequence of sentences.

Source: A Writer’s Act of Divination

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as an Ambient Poem; a Study of a Dialectical Image; with Some Remarks on Coleridge and Wordsworth – by Timothy Morton | Romantic Circles

“The Star”

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark:
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

– Jane Taylor

This essay is a testing ground for “ambience,” exploring the role of space in poetics, ideology and theory, building on the conclusion to the book The Poetics of Spice. Though ecocriticism and ecological philosophy talk about environmental awareness and “interconnectedness,” we may not be certain of what we mean by such terms. They should, for example, remind all literary scholars of the idea, and the ideology, of the aesthetic. By closely reading the famous poem “The Star” by Jane Taylor, this essay delineates some of the poetic forms involved in the inscription of environmental awareness, such as minimalism, and the foregrounding of what in structuralism is called the “contact” or medium of communication. The essay investigates the possibility of a “feminine” form of Romantic ecology in contradistinction to more masculinist versions. It uses Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida to counter the representation of ecological awareness in Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre. The essay discusses the work on culture and civilization by Geoffrey Hartman and Terry Eagleton to adumbrate the ways in which public space is evoked in environmental poetics. Walter Benjamin’s notion of the “dialectical image” is employed to indicate the Janus-faced nature of the poetic and ideological fantasy of “ambience” (or “aura” in Benjamin). In considering William Wordsworth’s sonnet “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the essay investigates the virtues and vices of ambience, as opposed to a more Burkean, “maximalist” view of the natural world. The essay continues the line of thought explored in David Simpson’s Wordsworth and the Figurings of the Real, especially the final section, “Societies of Figures.”

Source: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as an Ambient Poem; a Study of a Dialectical Image; with Some Remarks on Coleridge and Wordsworth | Romantic Circles