Weekend Reading – Difficult Poets

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Okay, so read this article about the British poet, JH Prynne. And read Prynne. You might regret it, but you shouldn’t read. I read a lot about him, all of it pretty rhapsodic, but he’s hard to get a hold of. I finally had to order a book of his collected poems from England (not cheap). But it is so worth it. I don’t think I can be sure that I understand I single poem in thick volume, but each one was also impossibly beautiful. So find a way to read him.

Let’s continue on the theme of poetry, by this look back at the second collections of Rae Armantrout and Ye Chun. I’m going to admit here that I’ve never read nor had even previously heard of Ye Chun.

How is it possible to be a progressive, a liberal, a radical while holding to explicitly conservative positions. It’s about priorities. Do you commit to an expansive vision of justice that values everyone? That especially values those who are not valued by society? Or do you focus on positions that circle the wagons? That is how Pope Francis can be a radical while still being conservative on abortion, birth control, and gay marriage.

Online dating in the nineteenth century.

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