Feb
25

Fourteenth Annual Honors Colloquium

My time slot in the Charles Center’s Fourteenth Annual Honors Colloquium was one of the first—1:30 on February 15—and I didn’t quite know what to expect. However, I think the opportunity afforded was a great one: not only has the colloquium allowed me to learn more about my thesis-writing friends’ research, it gave me a way…
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Dec
31

“Regardless of whether the year is new or old”

On December 27, 1954, Wallace Stevens wrote, “After listening to Silent Night for ninety-nine times, I am really a bit relieved that Christmas is over” (Letters 862), and I’m with him on that one. The beginning of 2013, however, means that I really need to get going on writing my thesis itself, and that it…
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Nov
30

Stevens in Contemporary Culture

About two months ago, as election season was bearing in, the journalist Michelle Dean wrote an article called “What Mitt Romney Might Learn from Wallace Stevens,” and which was promptly sent to me by about four different friends who knew about my thesis. Later in the month, buzz began about Poetry magazine’s centennial anthology — The Open Door:…
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Oct
29

The Plain Sense of Things

As fall rolls off the trees I’m looking more and more at the poems toward the end of Wallace Stevens’ life, and finding so much that is quiet and yet resisting bleakness. I’m finding something both resigned and hopeful, some feeling that somehow parallels to me the resignation of leaves and limbs to winter (yet…
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Sep
30

Back to school

This year, the end of summer meant the end of uninterrupted honors research and the introduction of four other classes, a campus job, club responsibilities, and foraging for my own food. In that light, I’m afraid I haven’t kept on the same reading schedule I held myself to during the summer — but I’ve been…
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