Author Archives: tmlavenz

Affirming Worth

An author can be conscious of what they’re doing, while at the same time not knowing what they’re creating or what it’s worth. Thus, nothing prevents them from creating something that is not worth knowing. This means that what the … Continue reading

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Silent Consonants of the Named

[The following was written in preparation for the “Literature Argues?” conference held at the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on October 2017. I offer here my very warm thanks to Karl Pollin, Victor Udwin, and Huiwen Zhang for the invitation to … Continue reading

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COINHERENCE

COINHERENCE The Lord will make of us all overbearers, never let us miss the right exit. This mysterious thing forcing plans for the inevitable abortion of all plans. This ruinous thing a total illusion when taken in light of the … Continue reading

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Sparing Language

To continue writing poetry, one would have to believe in the universal human value of expressions of singularity. Not in ‘big’ singularities (poets supposedly), but in small ones that coincided with their expression (delimited, circumscribed, contoured in the poem). But … Continue reading

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LIAISON

Touch, a sensitivity of touch, too fragile to think: waves of seduction emanate from the center tug, every sound gives its word to the impossible, you craft pleasure stationary, freedom happens to you (the sensual bloom of a powerlessness transforms … Continue reading

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MIRRORED

Hard to credit any notion of “reflection” that doesn’t undertake to break the mirror, and fast, faster than light, before the image even reaches the reflecting surface (call it the world or more broadly the ‘interface’). Trick is that as … Continue reading

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“Medicine”

[The following non-fiction piece was written October 2008 and tells the story of how I first came to write poetry.] MEDICINE And it was at that age… Poetry arrived in search of me. I don’t know, I don’t know where … Continue reading

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