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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

the hot sun of June

Don't write this line in your poem. Don't write "the miracle of listening." Just don't. Just think of not using the word "hot" here, and what it does to the poem. All of a sudden your are suggesting heat without using the word. You can write "chilly sun" though, because that is unexpected. In one of the later sections of "A" Zukofsky talks about people being "glued to the television" after the JFK assassination. What's the point of being Z if you are going to write like that?

7 comments:

Thomas said...

Mayhewianism #5

Jonathan said...

What are the first 4?

Jonathan said...

http://pangrammaticon.blogspot.com/search?q=Mayhewianism

The Blue Elephant said...

I am sure your blog is very useful and I will want to refer to it sometime, but I am overwhelmed with other work at the moment. But goddamned Google does not provide a way for me to disconnect from receiving your entries. Only "Add," etc., and no "Delete." Fuck Google. You are a bright guy -- can you tell me how to detach from Stupid Motivation Tricks until I have more time for it?

Jonathan said...

Go to your "reading list" in blogger. There will be a little circular thing on the right, kind of like a "gear." Click on that, that will manage your reading list. Then you can sign in and unjoin any blog you want.

Jonathan said...

Try this link: http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=104226

Jonathan said...

Ok. Blue elephant. I've blocked you so you aren't a follower any more. Let me know if this solves your problem. jmayhew@ku.edu