Essays and Comment

  • Lawrence Raab: POETRY AND STUPIDITY

    Lawrence Raab: “POETRY AND STUPIDITY” 1. OBSCURITY One of the shortest and most provocative pieces in Paul Valéry’s “A Poet’s Notebook” reads in its entirety: STUPIDITY AND POETRY. There are subtle relations between these two categories. The category of stupidity and that of poetry. I can’t recall when I first read this, but I remember thinking it was true. Also funny.

    Issue #63 October 2016
  • Robert Archambeau: The Barbarian Invasion of Poetry (Hurrah!)

    The Barbarian Invasion of Poetry (Hurrah!)   And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians? They were, those people, a kind of solution. —C.P. Cavafy   This just in: the Empire of Poetry has fallen to the barbarians. The fall was not sudden—it took place over the course of the last seventy years or so, and even before

    Issue #62 September 2016