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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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] 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 [...] by

T.S. Eliot Had a Day Job Too, Ya Know! January 18, 2013: We’re grateful to the Paris Review blog for linking over to this article at Full Stop, by Robert Fay, discussing T.S. Eliot’s bank years at Llyod’s Bank of London. Fay also has a [...] by

Eliot’s Dirty Laundry May Air Now November 19, 2012: We’ve been covering Valerie Eliot’s death here and here. Now, the The Guardian wonders what treasures will soon surface from Eliot’s desk: The true creative impact of the mental [...] by

More About the Vital Valerie Eliot November 15, 2012: We mentioned, earlier this week, that Valerie Eliot, wife of T. S. Eliot, has passed away. More to Eliot than meets the eye, of course. The New York Times has just published its obit, noting that the [...] by