Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Stevens: “The Imagination Is the Only True Genius”

I'm looking for Wallace Stevens' quotation from The Necessary Angel about poetry being nothing if it doesn't please.  Something like that.  Of course, I may have imagined it, which wouldn't surprise me, but the world is an imagination we believe.  (As Dr. Joad would say: "How, then, does the world come to appear to us as a collection of solid, static objects extended in space? Because of the intellect, which presents us with a false view of it.")  I'd read the book earlier this year, so I could check my notes, but I thought I'd spare myself the suffering & sorrow of looking for my yellow legal pad--as if I had only one!  As a poet, I must resist the pressure of reality.  Instead I decided to search online, albeit without success.   However, I came across this cool video of Bill Murray reading Wallace Stevens on the somewhat unfortunately named site, Moving Poems

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

3 Poems

Thanks to the good folks at Unlikely Stories, you may read three new poems by, yup, yours truly, a.k.a. me, by simply clicking here.  Or here.  Or even here

Raffaello Sanzio, Trionfo di Mattea