Oscar Wilde’s “De Profundis”

A Cento by James Rovira Suffering is one very long moment. Time itself does not progress | It revolves.It circles round one center of pain. There is only one season | the season of sorrow.It is always twilight in this prison cell and in this heart. In the sphere of time and thought | motionisContinue reading “Oscar Wilde’s “De Profundis””

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A New Poetic Form: The Hourglass Sestina

I’ve been working with artist, photographer, and documentary filmmaker Lee Fearnside on an illustrated collection of poems titled The Fantastic Bestiary. During the writing process for this collection, I came up with the idea of an abbreviated sestina form that would usually take the approximate shape of an hourglass if centered on the page. ThoseContinue reading “A New Poetic Form: The Hourglass Sestina”

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“There Is No Pure Evil, Nor Pure Good, Only Purity”: William Blake’s and Patti Smith’s Art as Opposition to Societal Boundaries

Patti Smith’s Blakean influence deviates from the infamous excess that has come to define rock; rather, Smith presents the alternative, individualized responses to Romanticism that illuminate the spirituality present in rock singers. . . This chapter investigates the connections between Smith and Blake and thus hopes to remind readers that female artists should be discussedContinue reading ““There Is No Pure Evil, Nor Pure Good, Only Purity”: William Blake’s and Patti Smith’s Art as Opposition to Societal Boundaries”

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Line and Poetry

I read a few pages of Mary Oliver’s Blue Horses (2014) this morning — which is very enjoyable, by the way, pick it up if you can — and while reading recalled an experience I had publishing one of my own poems in a small journal. The poem was a little gimmicky. Titled “Liber Abaci,” it wasContinue reading “Line and Poetry”

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