The agreeable eye

an eudæmonistarchives

More specifically concerning: poets

Crambe repetita (5)

15 February 2004, around 8.05.

Henry James, Madame de Mauves.

fructification

27 December 2013, around 8.35.

The reproductive instinct urges the poet to scatter his seeds beyond his boundaries. I repeat it: poorly transmitted, they fructify. Certain species (Pushkin) refuse transmission. But this does not prevent them from scattering at large and even when reduced to insignificance, from fructifying. Shakespeare remains the model of the explosive plant. His seeds have taken […]

game trails and cow paths

31 August 2022, around 5.21.

Everything I set down has a source  in prior song or the written record. Some poets don’t want to read first;  some of us want to give the stories we know a longer life […] —Stephanie Burt (‘(frag. 612)’, After Callimachus, p. 79). Shortly after becoming acquainted with the dog, then a black puppy of […]

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