Why did the world begin…

∞ Why did the world begin to turn on axles of hendecasyllables? A beat off each side. Everyone | every instance on one side or another | literature— get your terms out | pass back n’ forth | critic. To keep me warm | in winter’s belly | i picture root vegetables. The word |…

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Toward a Critical Habit II

V There were 3 major terrorist incidents in England in 2017. Morally despicable acts of cruelty designed to spread panic & to inflict suffering on innocent people, & by enlarge, to terrify the country into a constant state of anxiety. The crimes were committed by a minority sample of Muslims who were radicalized because they…

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Toward a Critical Habit

Tim Miller, in a recent comment, said he’d race me to an essay on critical thinking, after i said i might write an As I Please on it. This has become more than that: as i started thinking about it, more & more stuff just kept coming. i think i’ve won Tim lad, haha. This…

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The Common Man…

The original Betty Crocker cake mix required no ingredients but water & the cake mix wouldn’t sell. So they did some market research & discovered that women felt like they were cheating at being a house wife. So the company included in the directions to also add an egg, something feminine, to make women feel…

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Plagued by the fact & the facts of life

Near the end of Camus’ The Plague, Dr. Bernard Rieux says “But, you know, I feel more fellowship with the defeated than with saints. Heroism and sanctity don’t really appeal to me, I imagine. What interests me is being a man.” After reading this, my skin & bones, the rhythms of my organs, the coursing…

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An Inquisition into Populist Poetry

An Inquisition into Populist Poetry Paxman’s Inquisition A couple of days ago, i was listening to the Talking Politics podcast, presented by David Runciman. He was speaking with Jan-Werner Müller on the topic of populism. As i listened, i wondered if populism had parallels in poetry. i had something Jeremy Paxman said when he judged…

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Enter through a door:…

∞ Enter through a door : exit a window — the Dunning-Kruger Effect | an abstract dip an invert parabola mocking egoism. As i poured milk | a car outside in synch | let out a strain in its throat : the world’s phenomena are telling. Later when the rain |…| we played chess in…

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