Jacques Derrida

Jacques Derrida

What’s the difference between knowledge and wisdom? They aren’t heterogeneous, and you can know lots of things and have no wisdom at all. Between knowledge and action there is an abyss, but that abyss shouldn’t prevent us from trying to know as much as possible before making a decision. Philosophy is the love of wisdom. Philia is love and sophia is wisdom, so the duty to be wise is what philosophy is. Nonetheless, decisions don’t depend exclusively on knowledge. I…

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Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Renga

Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Renga

Japanese poetry forms have become very popular for writers of poems in the English language. Al Rocheleau, an expert on the technical and aesthetic aspects of good poetry has an excellent article about the use, misuse, and abuse of the haiku. Rocheleau has a terrific short essay on the history and use of the haiku on his web site at http://members.aol.com/lucyhardng/pointers/form4.htm#forms6. An excerpt from his description follows: Haiku is an objective, Japanese short poem based on a nature theme, with…

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Acrostics, Mesostics, and Double Acrostics

Acrostics, Mesostics, and Double Acrostics

An acrostic poem has a word, phrase or name spelled out vertically down one of the edges; usually the left edge. A double acrostic has one word down the left edge and another word down the right edge. A mesostic has a word or phrase down a central spine. The word is usually indicated by using upper case letters. Ok. So you got your basic acrostic and it looks like this: POETRY Poets often write proseOr they will write a…

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Mesostics and Fluxus

Mesostics and Fluxus

What do mesostic poems have to do with Fluxus? Fluxus is about “intermedia”. Intermedia is a term used to describe the spaces between media and the places where different media intersect. Mesostic poems were a favourite form of the composer, John Cage. Cage was a seminal early influence on the Fluxus movement. He saw his mesostic poems as being musical compositions with words and letters being the notes. Like music. he “composed” his mesostic poems so that they could be…

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Mesostics: What Exactly is a Mesostic Anyway?

Mesostics: What Exactly is a Mesostic Anyway?

A mesostic poem is a form of inclusion poetry, or acrostic poem in which the "hidden" or included word, phrase, or name is seen vertically in a central spine instead of at the beginning or end (or both for a "double acrostic") of each line. The form was popularized (if such a thing is possible with such esoteric poetry) by John Cage, who used the term to describe a particular form of inclusion poetry that had compositional rules beyond simply…

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career advice

career advice

being a poet is very easy workmost of the timeyou can do nothing at allsometimeswhen you feel inspiredyou write things down being a poet does not pay very wellbeing a poet pays next to nothingbeing a poet often pays nothing at all © Allan Revich 2006

Things That Matter

Things That Matter

Her Mom: A Found Poem She’d spent most of her time in factoriesor in kitchens, stocking shelves or making beds in hotelsShe’d never had health insuranceHer $11,000 a year paycheck was too much for Medicaidso she had to quit her jobapply for disabilityand pay the first hospital bills with her savings F–k, I’m so sick of this country. http://ajaxproductions.blogspot.com

For and Against Anti-Art

For and Against Anti-Art

The following URLs link to various articles about anti-art. Some dispute the opinion that I offer in my previous posting.Making art out of anti-art by Travis Hugh Culley(a very well written article) Anti-Art Is Not Art by Michelle Marder KamhiThe “stuckist” argument against anti-art(The “stuckists” are an interesting phenomenom of their own – a bit too proud of being stupid) Dictionary definition from ArtLex Create your own anti-art

A Bit About Anti-Art

A Bit About Anti-Art

What is anti-art anyway? Can anti-art even exist? Isn’t anti-art still art? These are all good questions. Anti-art is obviously still art. It exists within the cultural context of the art world and it cannot exist without art. Before one is tempted to be smugly dismissive of the anti-art movement though, one needs to consider that just as anti-art exists within the world of art – art cannot exist within the broader context of culture without its own opposite –…

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