Poetic Investigations

Tom D'Evelyn on Poetry and Its Others (philosophy, theology, poetics)

Zagajewski’s Concert

Here’s a poem from Adam Zagajewski’s 2011 collection, Unseen Hand (translation Clare Cavanagh): At intermission a man in a corduroy jacket emerges from backstage, lays his hands on the piano … Continue reading

September 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Building a New Poetics, Word by Word

  The “fertile void” is the central concept in a poetics. It echoes the Chinese concept of “dark enigma” (see Zhuangzi) but it refines it through the modern discourse on … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Metaxy, Friendship, and an Ode by Horace

The metaxy is a “metaphysical” concept of how we live consciously in the world. It is often called “the between.” One may study it in the pages of Eric Voegelin, … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

“A more severe, more harassing master”: A Comment on Stevens

My more patient reading of Stevens, driven by the hope I can read him on his terms as opposed to the countless arguments of commentators, is bearing fruit. My reading … Continue reading

August 30, 2014 · 2 Comments