Harold Bloom on Wallace Stevens

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The dark patches fall (Walt Whitman)

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“The Motive for Metaphor” — Wallace Stevens

“The Motive for Metaphor”

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Wallace Stevens

You like it under the trees in autumn,
Because everything is half dead.
The wind moves like a cripple among the leaves
And repeats words without meaning.

In the same way, you were happy in spring,
With the half colors of quarter-things,
The slightly brighter sky, the melting clouds,
The single bird, the obscure moon–

The obscure moon lighting an obscure world
Of things that would never be quite expressed,
Where you yourself were not quite yourself,
And did not want nor have to be,

Desiring the exhilarations of changes:
The motive for metaphor, shrinking from
The weight of primary noon,
The A B C of being,

The ruddy temper, the hammer
Of red and blue, the hard sound–
Steel against intimation–the sharp flash,
The vital, arrogant, fatal, dominant X.

 

The most smeared and slobbering idiot (Walt Whitman)

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“Sibylla ndrangheta” — Emilio Villa

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“The Well Dressed Man with a Beard” — Wallace Stevens

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“On Acquiring an Encyclopedia” — Jorge Luis Borges

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“Berket and the Stars” — William Carlos Williams

“Biological Supremacy” — Tom Clark

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“(pentagram)” — Gilbert Sorrentino

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“John Dillinger and Le Chasseur Maudit” — Charles Bukoswki

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“To Whoever Is Reading Me” — Jorge Luis Borges

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“Good God, What a Night That Was” — Petronius

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“The Birds” — William Carlos Williams

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