Posts Tagged ‘ essays ’

A Longhouse Birdhouse: WHY POETRY ~

A fine enough poet but I believe the best mind of Matthew Zapruder comes through in this excellent new book of essays — really one long essay — on the same subject of why poetry, why poets, why is there air, and he even scores points on Auden’s much over-used ragged line “poetry makes nothing happen” . . . with a delightful twist, Zapruder will show the reader that is exactly right: poetry MAKES nothing happen. A big word that “nothing.”
In these essays Zapruder shows forth as a natural born teacher.
Take up this book.
[ BA ]

Source: A Longhouse Birdhouse: WHY POETRY ~

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Two Books | Art Matters

I promised to review the last two books of John Berger’s work issued before his death, and here you are about to read those reviews. I’ll deal with them chronologically: Landscapes is t…

Source: Two Books | Art Matters

Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task | Vox Populi

from Upstream

It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of my wits. Reluctantly I rise, I answer the phone or I open th…

Source: Mary Oliver: The Artist’s Task | Vox Populi

Roland Barthes – The Incident – from “Empire of Signs” |Evening Will Come

Roland Barthes
The Incident

Evening Will Come.

indra’s net by Donna Fleischer

“Imagine a multidimensional spider’s web in the early morning covered with dew drops. And every dew drop contains the reflection of all the other dew drops. And, in each reflected dew drop, the reflections of all the other dew drops in that reflection. And so ad infinitum. That is the Buddhist conception of the universe in an image.” ~ Alan Watts

“In Hua-yen and Zen Buddhist thought the Net of Indra, which originates in the Sanskrit “Avatamsaka Sutra”, constructs the cosmos as a multi-dimensional array of interrelationships that simultaneously and repeatedly reflect each other and the whole as jewels embedded within each node of the net.” ~ Donna Fleischer

“Indra’s Net”, the book, is housed with the Japanese Museum of Haiku Literature, Tokyo, Poets House NYC, UMASS – Amherst DuBois Library, the Canadian Haiku Society, & the California State Library Haiku Archives at Sacramento.

[indra’s net (bottle rockets press, 2003): 25 haibun by Donna Fleischer, out of print & available free at Scribd http://bit.ly/11V4K9f

Area 17: Book Review by Alan Summers: Wild Violets, Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Members’ Anthology 2011

Area 17: Book Review by Alan Summers: Wild Violets, Yuki Teikei Haiku Society Members’ Anthology 2011.

Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination | Brain Pickings

Rich begins by considering the perilous interplay of the market and the mind in capitalist culture:

Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination | Brain Pickings.

On Whiteness and The Racial Imaginary by Claudia Rankine and Beth Loffreda ‹ Literary Hub

Chinoiserie, by Kyungmi Shin, 2003

On Whiteness and The Racial Imaginary ‹ Literary Hub.