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"Quiddities (Philosophical Poetry)"

"Quiddities (Philosophical Poetry)"

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Published by Adam Fieled
"Quiddities" is a collection of poems drawn from Philadelphia poet Adam Fieled's 2010 Blazevox book "Apparition Poems." The common theme of the poems is philosophy.
"Quiddities" is a collection of poems drawn from Philadelphia poet Adam Fieled's 2010 Blazevox book "Apparition Poems." The common theme of the poems is philosophy.

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Published by: Adam Fieled on Jan 18, 2013
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“Quiddities(Philosophical Poetry)” Adam Fieled 
 
 Apologia
Ezra Pound famously remarked that when poetry strays too far from music, it ceasesto be poetry. I would like to opine, as a tangent thought to his, that when the higher artsstray too far from philosophy, they cease to be the higher arts. Philosophy, no less thanliterature, is a series of narratives; and that higher-end, intellectually ambitious literatureshould twirl and torque around philosophical quandaries and concepts is something thatEnglish-language poetry has forgotten in the last half-century (and I mean “pure”philosophy, as differentiated from literary theory). The leveling process by which nodistinctions between high and low art are made, as a precondition to post-modernity’spreponderance, has effaced interest in the “fundamental questions” in favor of narrow,nihilistic ironies and corrosive but intellectually superficial cultural critiques. But that, without reprising Romanticism, English language poetry can reclaim interest in purephilosophy and the crux questions of human existence, is the assumption these poems make. As such, they are angled against everything in the English language oeuvre after T.S. Eliot’s“Four Quartets.”
 
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 Two hedgerows with a little pathbetween— to walk in the path likesome do, as if no other viable routeexists, to make Gods of hedgerowsthat make your life tiny, is a sin of some significance in a world wherehedgerows can be approached fromany side— I said this to a man whobore seeds to an open space, and henodded to someone else and whistledan old waltz to himself in annoyance.

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