Poetic Investigations

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

In Time Immemorial: Longley’s Daffodils

How does a very small poem persist in time immemorial? In the last century, the concept of metaxy or the In-Between (or just “the between’) has been explored at great … Continue reading

February 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Milosz on the “Moment”

  Form as Guest: Milosz on the Moment or “A form accomplished” From “At Yale,” Collected Poems, 516. Whenever we think of what fulfills itself By making use of us, … Continue reading

October 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Hass’s most famous poem and nihilism

Robert Hass, “Meditation at Lagunitas” Discussing apophatic form (or the question of nihilism in poetry), I often refer to meditation as a relevant discipline. I do not mean to suggest … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 4 Comments

Who Says So?: Considering the roots of the life of freedom in poetry

“Tyrannical say-soing Gods both reflect and produce tyrannical say-soing humans” says the contemporary Irish philosopher William Desmond in God and the Between (page 256). Say-so? I say so. One of … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 5 Comments