Pynchon, Beckett, and Entropy: Uses of Metaphor

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Thomas Pynchon’s work is extraordinary eclectic in its interests, but his use of entropy as a metaphor has emerged, over the past ten years or so, as the pre-eminent single concern of critics of his work.

Wiedersehen

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Poetry Feature: Robert Lietz

Featuring the poems:

  • Thanksgiving Weekend: The Last Touch Football For the Twenty-fifth Season
  • Women Drinking Beer

Early Murphy: Eight Sketches

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A place of shouts, swats, suet and saurkraut, Murphy’s neighborhood was pure German.  All up and down the block the mothers were fat, loud and from Milwaukee.  In aprons, rolled-down hose and shoes with powerful heels, they were porch stompers, lawn shakers, Wiener schnitzel screamers. But their husbands were not.

Poetry Feature: Mary Ruefle

Featuring the poems:

  • True To Life Also
  • The Least Sequence of Flesh

Cardinal

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A Human Donkey

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Epitaph for Bice Donetti

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In The Icebound Hothouse

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It is true that I have not been able to utter more than a madman’s sound since my eyes beheld the sight.  I’ve lost speech.  And so they have asked me to write.  Since you are a poet, write, they told me.  Little do they know what they might get.  Little, even, do I.

The Serenade

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