From http://www.rawillumination.net/   Michael Johnson annotates the new book [If you missed it, Michael Johnson posted a long comment to Sunday’s blog post about How the Hippies Saved Physics, which is literally all about the offbeat physicists in the Bay Area who greatly influenced RAW’s thinking. Michael’s comment is a useful annotation to the must-read […]

TTOTT in 12 lines or less

TTOTT in TWELVE by Steve ‘fly agaric 23’ Pratt. without pip center/ever changing cyclic world/Brunocentral gods hero’s and men/recycling through the ages/recorsi vico  eternal return/the gods nietzsche left us here/beyond either or  oak branching forces/ideogramic method/Fenollosa’s trees  spatial symbolist/weasels fighting in a hole/before the war Yeats  Ezra made it new/cantos brewing history/juxstaposition  Joyce cracked the […]

Imagism in the Cantos and Vorticism in the Tate

“These lines are followed by a sequence of identity shifts involving a seal, the daughter of Lir, and other figures associated with the sea: Eleanor of Aquitaine who, through a pair of Homeric epithets that echo her name, shifts into Helen of Troy, Homer with his ear for the “sea surge”, the old men of […]

The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World – review

“The moon is frequently associated in the poem with creativity, while the sun is more often found in relation to the sphere of political and social activity, although there is frequent overlap between the two. From the Rock Drill sequence on, the poem’s effort is to merge these two aspects of light into a unified […]