Shafts of Sunlight


  1. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker May 14, 2012 at 9:33 pm .

    damn computer puts things where it wants to ! and corrects spellin<br />g<br />&amp; dis:regaurds spaciations <br /><br />I notice Irv Layton over on the right … a&quot;breath of fresh air&quot; !

  2. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker May 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm .

    I too like your comparison <br />is it called a simile ? or a metaphor ?<br />I forget I realize I shld use stayed in <br />university foR at least the last 45 + years<br />&amp; invested my $$$4 in derivitives :<br /><br />I think that in this early-morning piece I<br />touched your &quot;bases&quot; or is that &#39;plinths&quot; ?<br /><br />40<br />the news on the box non-stop

  3. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett May 14, 2012 at 5:25 am .

    Joseph, I like your comparison of Perloff, et al., with the financial &quot;managers&quot; at Morgan Chase. Actually, &quot;language&quot; poetry and other such contraptions of the literary-academic-industrial complex do seem to have things in common with derivatives and credit default swaps and the various other monstrosities of the financial world in recent decades. In each case, the item in

  4. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison May 13, 2012 at 5:07 am .

    We do have the choice, of course, of knuckling under to your forces of anti-humanism, as the editors of the Boston Review did recently when they published the latest effete blatherings of Marjorie Perloff. She extols the virtues of &quot;appropriation,&quot; trotting out a trivial acrostic by John Cage and then writing about it with all the jargon-rich breathlessness for which she and her

  5. Lyle Daggett
    Lyle Daggett May 13, 2012 at 4:07 am .

    Nevertheless, we keep trying — not necessarily because we have any optimism, or hope — (I do have these, sometimes, though it&#39;s a struggle to maintain) — but because we have no other choice.

  6. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato May 13, 2012 at 12:00 am .

    Well said, Joseph<br /><br />Of course, to sensitive people the oppressive &#39;capitalist&#39; regimes that monetize creative processes may be as onerous as if they&#39;d lived under overtly oppressive regimes. Affluence is a type of tyranny in itself.<br /><br />My own fear is that Capital will become so &#39;globalized&#39; that the distinctions you make (such as between &#39;deep&#39; and &#

  7. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison May 12, 2012 at 8:27 pm .

    In <i>The Savage God</i> A. Alvarez talks about poets creating access to forces within them that can as easily prove destructive as healing. This is what we mean by having something &quot;at stake.&quot; Poetry focused solely on the language surface is bound to be (surprise!) superficial, so the trick has become to deny that the forces Alvarez refers to matter at all, or even exist. Poetry

  8. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato May 12, 2012 at 7:29 pm .

    &quot;I suspect that the people doing the saying have had things pretty easy.&quot; I like where she&#39;s coming from…<br /><br />I suppose the unusually high ratio of poet to suicide is pretty obvious proof. I know the view of the tortured artist is probably dismissed as &#39;modernist&#39; by the comfortable writing class academics who have nothing more to complain about than students who

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