Monthly Archives: February 2011

The poetics of stutter

Canadian poet Jordan Scott is a stutterer, one for whom the act of speaking is a minefield. Jordan’s blert consists of longer poems interspersed with short “Chomp Sets”, followed by a prose meditation:   ==========================================================================  “Having stuttered all of my life, … Continue reading

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The witness body

“Can one imagine the Holocaust without thinking about bodies? The graphic images of the slaughter are now etched in Western consciousness like the tattoos imprinted on the arms of inmates. Emaciated limbs, gaunt faces and hollow eyes stare out at … Continue reading

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The epicene body

Epicene syn. hermaphrodite, intersex, gynandromorph, androgyne def. having the characteristics of both sexes “When you came home,” Cathleen Sullivan told Chase about her return from the hospital after surgery, “there seemed to be no effect at all. Oh, yes, wait … Continue reading

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The enjambed body

The enjambed body…what a great phrase! I love poetry, so I even know what enjambed means. Good for me. Now I’ve got all that self-congratulation out of the way, I have to admit I stole the phrase from Jim Ferris. … Continue reading

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The phenomenology of Edith Stein

I have just come across another 20th century phenomenologist whose work seems relevant to this blog: Edith Stein, also known as Saint Teresia of the Cross. She is a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church, one of the six … Continue reading

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Merleau-Ponty and the Other

There are times when the appropriate question to ask yourself is: “What would Merleau-Ponty do?”. Such as when you come up against an occasion when a person treats another person like an object. Or on the other hand when someone shows … Continue reading

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The Gaze and the Stare

The Gaze of the Other “is fundamental to many 20th century philosophers, in particular Sartre’s, who sees it as, by and large, a competition, and Levinas’s who sees it as humanity looking right at you, asking for your empathy.” Of … Continue reading

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