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Jeremy Irons Reads T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets January 21, 2014: You have only 4 days left to hear Jeremy Irons read T.S. Eliot's masterpiece Four Quartets! From BBC Radio 4: Four Quartets is the culminating achievement of T.S. Eliot's career as a poet. While containing some of the most musical and unforgettable passages in twentieth-century poetry, its four parts, 'Burnt Norton', 'East Coker', 'The [...] by

Mrs. T.S. Eliot’s Estate to be Auctioned at Christie’s Today November 20, 2013: Hmmm.... let me see here... gee, I, uh, sure hope they let cats into the auction... Jacket Copy reports on the findings at Christie's "A Life's Devotion: The Collection of the Late Mrs. T.S. Eliot." Nobel Prize-winning poet T.S. Eliot died in England in 1965; his widow Valerie made it her mission to keep his work alive. She died in 2012 [...] by

John Beer on Science & Poetry at NPR July 10, 2013: Our pal John Beer is heard from over at NPR, where interviewer Adam Frank concerned himself with the meaningfulness of difficulty in relation to poetry and science. "Beer is author of the much praised The Waste Land and Other Poems. It takes guts to give your work the same title as Eliot's and by all accounts he pulled it off." More from their [...] by

Elizabeth Bishop’s ‘One Art’ Scores a -2.50305521472 June 6, 2013: Turns out, in the literary death match between Sylvia Plath and Elizabeth Bishop, it's Plath all the way! Or, that's to say, Plath's poem "Edge" (which scored a 1.42302654867) is closer to the "professional" end of the spectrum according to the Poetry Assessor, an application created by an Australian team of computational linguists to quantify [...] by

Quasi-unintelligibility (Part 5) April 30, 2013: To repeat: Stevens’s “Man Carrying Thing” kicks off with a clear-cut statement about what a poem “must” do, i.e., “resist the intelligence / Almost successfully.” But the statement itself, which is part of a poem, presents no resistance to the intelligence at all—its meaning is “obvious,” to recycle a word from the poem’s [...] by

The Poetry of Our Youth April 25, 2013: Why can’t I hear the music of my youth with objectivity? I really don’t know if The Unforgettable Fire is a great album or not because I loved U2 so ardently in high school that the profound and sticky wistfulness of unfulfilled teenage desire roars back to life at each listening. Of course, many songs I still like from that time I know [...] by

Instead of Reading This, You Should Be Reading David Markson (Part Two) April 22, 2013: As promised in Part One, here are excerpts from the postcards and letters David Markson sent me from 2003-2010: I still regret that inadequate answer to your letter. (Whatever it is, here—age, the rotten weather, my 97 sundry infirmities, etc.) I will try, try, try to get off my butt and set up a drink or whatever. (I cannot [...] by

Tetris Effect + Genetics: Why We Write April 9, 2013: I sometimes tell my students that creative writing is egomaniacal because everyone has thoughts but only writers write them down. Not only do writers write their thoughts down, they work the rhetorical surface of what they've written as if they were spiders weaving fly entrapping webs. Poets sometimes add music and widen the margins when we write [...] by

‘The Waste Land’ à la RapGenius March 22, 2013: Thanks to Nick Moran at The Millions, we happily spent an hour or with, as he puts it, "Nineteen intrepid RapGenius users [as they] set out to break down the 'cultural clusterf*ck and middle finger to the stripped-down simplicity of the Imagists' otherwise known as T. S. Eliot’s poem 'The Waste Land.'” The revised-remixed version is [...] by

Which Jo(h)nson Is It?…Eliot Doesn’t Know February 13, 2013: A letter written by T.S. Eliot has surfaced after 40 years of obscurity, according to this news item from the BBC. The letter was a addressed to Jacob Isaacs and concerned the republication of Eliot's 1927 essay "Shakespeare and the Stoicism of Seneca." [Eliot's essay] examined how the popularity of the Greek writer's tragedies in [...] by