The AWP conference concluded yesterday evening with several great events. I could only go to one of them, but heard about a couple of the others. I got a lot out of the conference, and for some of my initial thoughts, you can check out the blog entries I did for TriQuarterly Online. I will be posting more of my thoughts here over the next few days, but for now check things out there.
Leaving for AWP in Washington DC in the morning! Very Excited!
While difficult, I have found that a real deadline reinforced by people I know helps me to at least submit something. I will not say it is not my best work, but of the three poems I submitted today, none have really been through the workshop. Continue reading “On Submitting Poems”
The ability to verbalize brings us out of the darkness. To express the self and find others who express the self removes isolation and argues for our humanity. The sounds to be made in the creation of a poem are at the root of the art. Stewart points out these things in “Sound” (59-105), and she emphasizes the necessity of verbalization in the creation of an individual. (As a side-note, in her summary of Dennett’s treatise, it is interesting that the theoretical cyborg or even the realistic intelligent ape qualify in the status of personhood (61-2)). Continue reading “Voice and the Sounds of Poetry”
In one way or another, this question has been coming up more and more lately. With more of my friends learning I’ve just finished my first semester in an MFA program, I hear/see that question a lot. Among my new friends at the program, the same question: Why are we putting ourselves through this?
Continue reading “Why Write?”
So far, one good poem for the semester. A blank-page re-write of a blank-page re-write of an ekphrastic poem. Wanted it to have more than one thing going on, and it’s appropriately complex, with many layers. But there’s a problem.
Continue reading “Breaking Through”
Okay, I know, I know. But the title has already been established by nearly a semester of thought & etc.
At any rate, this post will hold links to the current status of this research, and I hope to maintain this for quite a while, in addition to continuing the study… upon receiving approval from ODU’s IRB, of course (and by IRB I mean Institutional Research Board, not IRB).
Continue reading “The Effects of Digital Technologies on the Composition of Poetry”
So this is blog variation number gazillion. I made a home at Virb.com for a while, but then they went pay for play, and I am pretty sure I lost all my content. Like having a door shut firmly in your face by a new, exciting, but taciturn friend. At any rate, I’ve also been maintaining (kind of) a space at Blogger. Recently the academic blog there has been getting more attention than the creative side of things, but opening a new door has a way of changing the status quo.
The goal here will be to write a new post each week. Commentary, literature, academics, social-goodness, and writing are the topics, but don’t hold your breath for any BRAND NEW POEMS. If I publish any poems, they will be added after an appropriate amount of time, maybe… We’ll see what the consensus is.
At any rate, welcome to the new home, cheers!