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On Poetry (by René Char)

ON POETRY By René Char Trans. Timothy Lavenz (draft) I admit that intuition reasons and dictates orders the instant that it, carrier of keys, does not forget to make the trousseau of the embryonic forms of poetry vibrate by passing … Continue reading

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Run-on Sentence

Run-On Sentence August 9, 2018 No language can hope for anything but its own defeat. Gregory Palamas Everyone runs for cover in the stability of words, in their apparent capacity to define, stabilize, judge and control reality—indeed, the word’s power … Continue reading

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On Poetry [Owls at Dawn]

I sat down last month (May 2019) with the guys at the Owls at Dawn podcast (go support them here!), this time to discuss poetry and read some poems. Listen to the whole episode here: More Than Words: On Poetry … Continue reading

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On Messianity [Owls at Dawn]

Last Spring I sat down with Austin Smidt for the Owls at Dawn podcast (go support them here!) and talked about my research into Messianity. Listen to the whole episode now live on their site: Non- or post-religious messianism w/ … Continue reading

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Mysticism and Trash

Trash is what can no longer be submitted to the productive process but can only be eliminated, incinerated, buried, and so on. Trash can be viewed as a metaphor for the ‘uselessness’ of religious/spiritual knowledge as it stands from the … Continue reading

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Descent to Higher Ground

They allegorized you in many visions; Behold, You are one in all depictions. —13th century Hasidic liturgical poem Artists, creative writers, and so on, have in general ‘solved’ or ‘superceded’ many of the ‘problems’ given as philosophically or institutionally intractible; … Continue reading

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Prayer in three short takes

Prayer in three short takes: Yes, at times there is intentional prayer: when one supplicates God to align reality with one’s needs or desires. One could say this is self-serving and thus ‘dead on arrival’, since God is not in … Continue reading

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