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i always feel like there is something sitting right in front of me that i'm not seeing.

i said this in reference to poetry, but it can apply to whole swathes of things where i am concerned. either because i am oblivious or because things are being intentionally obscured. sometimes it feels like my ability to put 2 + 2 together is hampered. wait, that analogy doesn't work at all.


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Aug. 4th, 2003 08:21 am (UTC)
I actually had a great post I never posted about a week ago, because these things seem much more profound at 2 am. My question was about if anyone else ever gets the feeling there's a big secret everyone else has figured out except you? I sure do. And being a big universalist, and believing people are the same everywhere, does everyone feel like this?

I also had a deep one on karma, and if I was unlucky or lucky, but anyways.
Aug. 4th, 2003 09:43 am (UTC)
My question was about if anyone else ever gets the feeling there's a big secret everyone else has figured out except you?

I haven't had this feeling in a very long time, if at all. I think the secret, or at least one of the entryways into the secret, is in just not worrying about it. Wait, I shouldn't have ued the word secret there, that's confusing. The secret I'm referring to is the one that lets you not worry about every one else's secret. And it's not really a secret at all. Fuck, that's still confusing.

Let's review:

Being is everything.

To be or not to be? That is the question.

Shoo be doo be do.

All things in moderation, including moderation.
Aug. 4th, 2003 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: ...
is that a quote from a movie or something?
Aug. 4th, 2003 08:44 pm (UTC)
Hee hee, actually usually I feel the opposite; that I have figured out something that everyone else doesn't understand. But then this is my own arrogance, I suppose. I usually feel this way when in public places, like at the mall.

Take that, slack-jawed mouth-breathing masses.
Aug. 4th, 2003 12:27 pm (UTC)
I am in graduate school. Therefore the phenomenon mentioned above is pretty much my constant state of being.
Aug. 4th, 2003 08:47 pm (UTC)
but. but. but.

you understand poetry!

you're like, writing a giant paper about what poets are trying to do!

whereas, i'm looking at poetry thinking, does this person not know how to construct a complete sentence? or describe something without abstracting it to the point that i don't know what the hell they are talking about?

Aug. 4th, 2003 09:07 pm (UTC)
I don't understand all poetry. And certainly there is also plenty of it I don't like.

And I agree with you; I don't like it when a poet gets deliberately abstract. Some of the Modernists (Pound and occasionally Eliot) can be irritating for that reason, and the
L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E poets feel gimmicky much of the time. I don't think that many contemporary academic poets, though, are guilty of abstraction for the sake of abstraction.
Aug. 4th, 2003 10:14 pm (UTC)
I don't mean to sound like a snot, I'm sorry if I came off that way. Again, I feel like there is something right in front of me, like a code I can't crack, when I read poetry. That's why I often wonder if hey, there's something clever going on, and I just think it is arbitrary abstraction when really I'm just not intellectual enough to get what's going on.

What is a "contemporary academic poet"?
Aug. 5th, 2003 08:52 am (UTC)
No, you didn't come off "like a snot" at all! I've heard plenty of people voice the same objection to certain poetry. I think that poetry does get taught as though there were a code to crack, (which of course there isn't) and people get intimidated. Just keep in mind that not all poems are written the same way, and there are plenty of poems that aren't at all abstract!

By "contemporary academic poet" I mean poets whose work emerged started in the latter half of the twentieth century, and who aren't poetry-slam type poets but people who publish in well-known journals, who may have gotten an MFA or who likely teach creative writing at the college level.
Aug. 4th, 2003 07:34 pm (UTC)
Some damn afghan
I started that livejournal. It's imamsawez. It's gonna have a lot of law school stuff when I go back.
Aug. 4th, 2003 08:50 pm (UTC)
Re: Some damn afghan
i can't wait to hear about law school stuff. exciting!!
Aug. 5th, 2003 06:24 am (UTC)
Re: Some damn afghan

*adds to list*
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