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Guru English and the Future Poetry

Srinivas Aravamundan As a postscript to the study on The Future Poetry since 1920, I'd like to post an article on Sri Aurobindo’s the Future Poetry as seen through the curious Indian English hybrid language that Srinivas Aravamudan (asst. professor at Duke University) calls Guru English. As instanced by Sri Aurobindo Guru English has not only metaphysical intention but, serves as a resistance medium.  Aravamundan writes: "The precision of his Guru English enabled a spiritual counter-thrust against his Western colonial masters"., while also recognizing the democratic and cosmopolitan influences in his text. "Aurobindo deems.....Whitman as the true successor to Shelly,…

The New Thing the Object Lessons of Recent American Poetry by Stephen Burt

Rae Armantrout The New Thing The object lessons of recent American poetry Stephen Burt And then a counter-truth filled out its play . . . —W. B. Yeats, “The Circus Animals’ Desertion” The self is no mystery, the mystery is That there is something for us to stand on. —George Oppen, “World, World—” Nothing can please many, and please long, but just representations of general nature. —Samuel Johnson, “Preface to Shakespeare” For much of the past decade, the most imitated new American poets were slippery, digressive, polyvocalic, creators of overlapping, colorful fragments. Their poems were avowedly personal, although they never…

“How are we to find holiness?”: the religious vision of A. R. Ammons

A.R. Ammons Any contemporary study of the Future Poetry would have to follow up on stitching together the lines of descent from Walt Whitman to the present. While Sri Aurobindo focuses much attention to Shelly in the lineage of spiritual poetry that he traces and of whom he writes: he is at once a seer, poet, thinker, prophet, artist. From Shelly the lines of descent go in the direction of Walt Whitman as Srinivas  Aravamundan writes: “Following Cousins Aurobindo deems a vatic poet such as Whitman as the true successor to Shelly, because of Whitman’s foresight that can include the…

Digital Magic, Cybernetic Sorcery: On the Politics of Fascination and Fear by Stephen Pfohl

Emil Durkheim Another Great Article from the C Theory Code Drifts Series Digital Magic, Cybernetic Sorcery: On the Politics of Fascination and Fear Stephen Pfohl Nowadays the magician busies himself with public relations, propaganda, market research, sociological surveys, publicity, information, counterinformation and misinformation.... [S]cience has ... substituted itself for a part of magic while extending its dream and its goals by means of technology. Electricity, rapid transport, radio and television, the airplane and computer have carried into effect the promises first formulated by magic ... to produce light, move instantaneously from one point to another, to fly through the air,…

The First Micro-Avatar by Dr. John LaPook

For the first time in history, a living organism has been manufactured with the help of a computer-generated genome. Dr. Jon LaPook reports on the groundbreaking discovery’s widespread implications. The First Micro-Avatar by Dr John LaPook Craig Venter and his team of scientists recently announced that they had created the first “synthetic cell” — a bacterium controlled by genetic material that they had designed on a computer and concocted from four bottles of chemicals. This is the closest thing to creating life that has happened outside of a science-fiction movie. If it doesn’t fire your imagination, then you should fire…

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