Monthly Archives: October 2012

Chris Tysh’s Molloy: The Flip Side

Chris Tysh’s Molloy: The Flip Side, published in September of 2012 by BlazeVOX [books] is, to use the poet’s word, a “transcreation” of the first half of Samuel Beckett’s novel Molloy. It is a long poem in non-rhyming tercets as … Continue reading

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My Love and the Catfish: Some Thoughts on John Ashbery’s Rivers and Mountains

Contrasts—gray and light, dullness and color, interior and exterior, map and landscape, foreboding and acquiescence, rocks and water, movement and stillness–fill the twelve poems of Rivers and Mountains, displayed in odd and sometimes disturbing pairs and phrases: useless love; tender … Continue reading

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William Carlos Williams

William Carlos Williams (1883-1963) earned a living as a physician in the days when being a doctor did not make a man rich. By his own account he saw a million and a half patients and delivered two thousand babies. … Continue reading

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When She’s High (letting out Stein)

Hello, do you have Alberta in a can? in a can Albert in a can in a Alberta in a can? Who was first? Albert the IInd was first albeit another Albert not the Ist and not an Alberta Alberts … Continue reading

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Some thoughts on Stein and Picasso

My apologies for waxing academic, but after all I am a student of modern poetry right now. One of the secondary reasons I decided to take the University of Pennsylvania’s class on modern and contemporary poetry (the primary reason was … Continue reading

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