Poetic Investigations

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

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

Buson’s Chisel Splendid in the Tao

Here’s a haiku by Buson (1716-1783) by W. S. Merwin and Takako Lento¬†from Collected Haiku of Yosa Buson (Copper Canyon Press 2113), p 102:   A stonemason cools his chisel … Continue reading

August 27, 2014 · 2 Comments

Aphorism: Yes, Horace

Yes, Horace: poets who think their minds represent reality are like poisoned grizzly bears loose in the forum.

August 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Elizabeth Bishop on Joseph Cornel’s “cages for infinity”

A whole poem? Yes: faithful to the ambiguities of the everyday and to the forms of otherness that light them up. Elizabeth Bishop, “Objects & Apparitions: for Joseph Cornell.” Monuments … Continue reading

August 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Celtic Interlace: An Old Ash Tree in Rye, NH

September 26, 2013 · Leave a comment