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Visualizar ou modificar seus pedidos em sua conta. I am a professor of media studies as well as humanities: Jan 24, Pages. The two follow-ups, Sex, Art, and American Culture and Vamps and Tramps are by comparison essays cobbled together willy-nilly from the closet. How refreshing to have Paglia turn her high-powered perception from something grand like Western history and Western sexual identity to something tiny, like a poem.

The poem is composed as a collage of seven different topics the poet has read or heard during the day. Reading her is to know one is in safe, challenging, deep, yet comfortably familiar territory. A fine poem from that book is included in Break, Blow, Burn.

Hers isn’t a sensibility to bow to fashion or some one’s deeply intoned name; fame and a gimmick will not acquaint the poet under review any slack. The poems are great and it’s evident that she is phenomenal at explicating them.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. By the time the novelist addresses some crucial political, social, or educational issue, it’s already flat and stale, because it’s been treated in a thousand ways and many years earlier by our media.

Here Paglia’s approach is less confrontational and aphoristic — she comes to the poems in a slow trance, inspired and connects like a plug to the poet’s psychological state. But seething dissatisfactions erupt, a catalog of lacks and wants.


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There are also mistakes, though not so many as to imperil her project: Her readings are stellar from beginning to end — crisp, clear, but earthy in a way Paglia isn’t in her earlier work. I am admittedly a sucker for any academic willing to bitch in print about the state of the English dept in and the soul-sucking post-structuralist swamp we find ourselves lost in, and so Paglia, brash lesbian Freudian feminist from Philly, is of course a natural selection for this evening’s reading.

Cool book of the best poems broken down line by line. Consciousness itself is elemental, an effect of light and heat that dissipates when our bodies are reabsorbed by nature.

As always, she is scintillating, sensual and enticingly campy and controversial and her prose is beautiful. Brek is wholly independently owned and operated. Unlike other reviewers who didn’t like the slection of poems, I really appreciated the mix of classic standards with modern poems I wasn’t familiar with, and which seem to have been selected for their accessibility and power.

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Whether finding whole worlds of secular metaphysics contained in the few lines of Wallace Stevens’ “Anecdote of a Jar,” sweetly limning the edgy and cavalierly erotic caille of Paul Blackburn’s “The Once Czmille or marveling at the triple tiered city speak of Frank O’Hara’s fantasy “A Mexican Guitar,” Paglia discusses each of the poet’s work as points in which spiritual certainty and intellectual pragmatism come into conflict, war with one another, and emerge by poem’s conclusion with some third perception larger than the opposing inclinations which reveal a finer, more complex, less fixed situation for the human condition.

I instinctively felt that Frost’s “honesty” was false and repressive. But since the sonnet’s human dramatis personae have all been male, we might well conjecture that the beloved is the “fair youth” whom Sonnet calls an “angel,” a role he plays brun over the distance of time.


Just as much as any fiction stylist, Paglia, too, has always very consciously crafted her unique, punchy style and trance-like Italian psycho-inquiry. She has great skill as a writer.

The mind bloow already a camilld with contradiction and discontent. One of the strengths of Paglia’s book is her endless fascination with the English language. We will never get important new artists again if we keep feeding students a sterile diet of cynical postmodernism. It contains the voyeurism and sexual freedom that Paglia cherishes. This book is a degree turn from Sexual Personae and it’s both brilliant and surprising for being just that.

Break, Blow, Burn: Camille Paglia Reads Forty-three of the World’s Best Poems

The format is very successful, with each typographically well-preseented poem followed by three to five pages of thoughtful, extremely well written critique and commentary, including history, analysis, and politically fresh perspectives. The overall effect is prophetically avant-garde: I am trying to make close reading fashionable again and to embolden graduate students and junior faculty to do likewise. Want to Read saving….

This perception seems to have shaped your selection of poets and poems. Nov 24, Craig rated it liked it. Nov 22, Damien Leri rated it it was amazing. Is it a man or a woman? It wasn’t enough that the national discussion on poetry was already pathetic and contrived, a contest between assorted second and third generation splinter groups of specialized enclaves trying to inhale what was left of the air in the tiny room where the debate raged.