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Web archiving

The British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom and a member of the UK Web Archiving Consortium, has selected all the pages of this site for preservation in the Arts and Humanities/Literature archive and the Computer science, Information Technology and Web Technology archive.

Advertisements for myself

In the spirit of Norman Mailer's 'Advertisements for myself,' current Google rankings (obviously, not an infallible guarantee of quality) for some search terms in very different fields, theoretical, cultural, practical, followed by an opinion, written by Anna Evans.

Some Google rankings for this site
 

Miscellaneous


ethical depth 1 / 73,100,000

ethics outweighing 7 / 4,240,000

bullfighting against 6 / 439,000

bullfighting arguments 4 / 56,200

"feminist ideology"  9 / 108, 000

feminism slavery serfdom  2 / 580,000

feminism harshness  2 / 6,300,000

green ideology objections  1 and 2 / 18,500,000

Israel Palestinian ideology 2 / 10,300,000

democracies warfare "harsh realities" 3 / 152,000

veganism against 1 / 461,000

veganism arguments  2 / 102,000

Irish history distortions illusions 1 / 22,300,000

"the culture industry" BBC  1 / 19,900

"the culture industry" emoticons  1 / 40,800

"the culture industry" love  4 / 81,000

crap credulity  5 / 591,000

smoking non-smoker defence  7 / 248,000

"abuses of power" education 9 / 360,000

abuse capability education  1 / 35,100,000

metaphor theme 5 / 27,400,000

metaphor principal subsidiary   4 / 8,850,000

Kafka Rilke  1 / 1,020,000    

Nietzsche aphorisms extended forms  1 / 626,000

"Web design" "large page" 2 / 89,100   

"large page design"   1, 2, 3, 4 / 347,000 

"page travel" Web design  4 / 95,600   

Web design innovations new experiences   9 / 61,100,000

gardening boards beds  2 / 49,500,000

making a cheap cloche  4 / 1,350,000 

building a triangular greenhouse  8 / 2,170,000

protective cages plants  2 / 812,000

curved fruit cage  5 / 32,000,000 

"gardening photographs"  4, 5, 6 and 7 / 5,590

compact hydraulic fruit press  2 / 54,700,000

linkage gravitation evolution 4 / 25,700,000

"framework science"  7 / 26,500

linkage contrast 1 / 27,100,000

linkage theory  4 / 38,600,000

linkage theme  3 and 4 / 19,800,000

Aphorisms (the aphorisms are my own)

aphorism topics  1 / 485,000

aphorisms religion ideology 1 and 2 / 3,870,000
 
aphorisms “the arts” 1 / 440,000
 
aphorisms power justice 3 / 1,550,000

aphorisms happiness suffering 5 / 5,720,000
 
aphorisms ethics 3 / 338,000

aphorisms courage 5 / 518,000

Poetry

poem line length 2 / 22,200,000
 
poem line short long 1 / 68,600,000

poem war "the Holocaust" "the Troubles"  5 / 305,000
 
poetry metre notation 6 / 121,000

poetry metre image  6 / 407,000

metre linking meaning  1 / 97,700,000

Wordsworth "The Prelude" metre  3 / 22,300

line metre enjambment poetry  8 / 24,100
 
poem composite 1 / 441,000

poem modulation 1 / 267,000

poem linkages  1 and 2 / 3,030,000

poetry “humour and sarcasm” 4 / 101,000 

concrete poetry explosion  6 /  2,600,000

“Seamus Heaney” criticism 6 / 181,000

"Seamus Heaney" strengths 7 / 89,900

"Seamus Heaney" faults 5 / 143,000

"Seamus Heaney" vivid language 4 / 82,300

"Seamus Heaney" abstraction  1 and 2 / 121,000

"Seamus Heaney" reputation 3 / 58,300

"Seamus Heaney" terrorism 7 / 87,100

"Seamus Heaney" British army 3 / 44,300

"Seamus Heaney" 9 / 11  4 / 46,200

"Seamus Heaney" "ethical depth"  2 / 12,500

"Seamus Heaney" enjambment 6 /  4,210
 
“Seamus Heaney” translations versions 9 / 162,000

"Seamus Heaney" German  5 / 238,000

"Seamus Heaney" Rilke  5 / 82,500

"Seamus Heaney" Dutch  1 / 65,500

"Seamus Heaney" Italian  9/ 211,000

"Seamus Heaney" Dante  7 / 120,000 

"Seamus Heaney"  classical Greek  4 / 188,000

"Seamus Heaney"  modern Greek  2 / 148,000

"Seamus Heaney" Polish  5 / 125,000
 
“The Cambridge Companion to Seamus Heaney” 3 / 42,600

This site: an opinion

by Anna Evans, a poet born in England but now living in the United States. She has the Web site Barefoot Muse, a Journal of Formal Metrical Verse:

http://www.barefootmuse.com

which I commend, the work of a very dedicated poet and editor, whose desire to promote formal metrical verse I certainly share.

The comments below are from the section 'Dreaming in Iambic Pentameter' at

http://www.barefootmuse.com/blog/?m=200612

In the discussion below, I'm referred to in the first paragraph and discussed in the final paragraph.

' I have a mixed bag of literary figures for you to consider: two dead and one alive, two English and one Portuguese, two men and one woman etc. etc. The main thing they have in common, as I see it, is writing with no other purpose primarily in mind BUT to write: no pressures of academia, no intent to conform to a given school, no drive to publish (other than that we all have, which is for others to be able to read our words.)

'I’ll start with Stevie Smith. In a recent Thrift Shop haul I acquired an early edition of Homage to Mistress Bradstreet, complete with newspaper clipping obituary of John Berryman from 1972, and a copy of Stevie, the unauthorized 1985 biography by Jack Barbera and William McBrien. (Each book cost me 25c. I imagine, if you spent any time waiting in line at Barnes & Noble or Borders this holiday period, that fact makes you feel a little sick.) Born in 1902, Stevie followed an unconventional path to poetry. She became a secretary after leaving secondary school, and was introduced to the London literary scene after the critical and commercial success of her first autobiographical novel Novel on Yellow Paper. Her poetry is quirky and filled with a black humor that has survived the decades. She never married, and rumor has it she died a virgin, although she had several love affairs with men in her twenties and thirties. She illustrated her own books of poems, and considered the possibility (rather than the execution) of suicide to be a redeeming feature of an imperfect life. She is not well known in the US, although she retains a following in the UK thanks in part to her best known and much anthologized poem, also one of my own personal favorites, “Not Waving But Drowning.” So, if you’re bored with the cookie cutter poetry served up in the likes of APR, you could do worse than google Stevie. You might even find one of her poetry books (Tender Only to One and A Good Time Is Had By All) in a Thrift Shop near you.

'My former teacher Stephen Dunn is lecturing at Bennington in January. Now I admire Stephen hugely, and his book of essays Walking Light is one of the reasons I am currently pursuing an MFA myself. When the letter came out with his lecture topic, therefore, it was natural for me to want to find out a little about it in advance. Who is Fernando Pessoa? I asked myself. It turns out to be a perplexing question. Fernando Pessoa was a Portuguese poet and man of letters famous not only for his poetry but also for his heteronyms. He wrote a vast body of material (fiction, essays, poetry, plays) under a number of pseudonyms, but was unique in claiming to feel the presence of each of these personalities as strongly (some would say stronger) than he did his own. Each heteronym had his own style: Alberto Caeiro was a natural poet of minimal formal education; Ricardo Reis was a classically educated modern pagan etc. etc. Again, Fernando had hardly any involvement with academic life–he worked as a professional writer and translator until his death from alcoholism in his early forties. My knowledge of his poetry is limited, although I plan to use the gift card from my good friend KB to purchase the newest selected translation, but his essay collection Always Astonished is a must read. He was a unique genius: he knew that the Russian Revolution would not produce a communist utopia before it occurred, and he recognized Po-Biz seventy years before the name was coined. He has plenty to say on the subject of poetic endeavor, but I’ll confine myself to some much needed words of encouragement:

'Whoever at his death leaves behind one beautiful line of verse leaves the skies and the earth richer and the reason for there being stars and people more emotionally mysterious.

'Finally in this list I offer you a contemporary writer and thinker, Paul Hurt. I don’t know too much about Mr. Hurt, except that he is, like the other two, a total original unassociated with academia. I came across him because he has written a meticulously thought out essay on Jared Carter’s poetry. Then I browsed around his site, assuming he was a poet, and realized that he is much more than that.'

The essay, The poetry of Jared Carter, is given on a separate page.


The development of the site

Mikhail Bakhtin writes of "Dostoevsky's passion for journalism and his love of the newspaper, his deep and subtle understanding of the newspaper page as a living reflection of the contradictions of contemporary society in the cross-section of a single day, where the most diverse and contradictory material is laid out, extensively, side by side..." ('Problems of Dostoevsky's Poetics,' Translation by Caryl Emerson.) The 'diverse and contradictory' material in this site covers a very wide range, only some of it of journalistic interest.

The site is centred upon what I call '{theme} Theory,' although I regard this theory as having a great number of practical applications. Innovations, I also believe, are far more likely to be made if a person thinks in terms of linkages and contrasts and other {themes}. In this site, I give some of the innovations I've made - but not all of them.

I first began to formulate Linkage Theory, the precursor of {theme} Theory, as a result of intensive study of poetic forms. Some of my work on linkage and contrast in poetry and literary theory appears in this site, and is grouped on the left side of the Site Map. At this stage, I explored linkages between poetry and art and design, for example, by fragmentation of the poem, but later, I made a more intensive study of linkage and contrast in the visual arts, including work on the Set. Much of this work appears in the site too, and can be found on the right side of the Site Map.

Chris Pulman, in 'The Education of a Graphic Designer,' writes 'If you ask why something works and you push back far enough, eventually everything seems to be based on contrast: the ability to distinguish one thing from another. Composition, sequencing, even legibility all rely on devices that affect the contrast between things.' (Quoted in the Web Style Guide). I later developed my ideas concerning contrast (and linkage) far beyond these origins.

The next stage involved a great broadening of scope: the concrete linkages and contrasts of modern life, as well as technical extensions to linkage theory.

I'm responsible for every aspect of this site. The content, design and implementation are my unaided work. The only exception: many of the photographs. (These have been purchased or are copyright-free.)

Emails to me: comment and criticism

Emails sent to me won't be published, unless I have the permission of the sender. Anyone who emails me me can criticize me as much as they wish and the matter will
remain private. I give the opportunity for critics to have the email or an extract from the email published on the site, if they wish, without any censorship.

I do reserve the right to respond to any criticism by replying to emails, including any emails I've been
given permission to publish. The site doesn't have  Comments sections  - if it did, the comments would be unmoderated, except for extreme cases which are very unlikely to occur, such as credible threats of violence - but I think that this system is an adequate or fairly adequate substitute.