Grad School Homework.

March 2, 2010 § 4 Comments

Section 2 of “Prologues to What Is Possible” by Wallace Stevens

the object with which he was compared = beyond his recognizing

where likeness = (himself + 1)

or likeness = [(himself + things beyond himself) / this and that intended to be recognized]


where X = self,

himself / X = had not yet been loosed


all his hereditary lights

+ access of color

+ a new and unobserved, slight dithering

+ [(the smallest lamp) (its puissant flick) (a name and privilege over the ordinary of his commonplace)]


+ (a flick + what was real and its vocabulary) / (some first thing coming into Northern trees + the whole vocabulary of the South)

+ [a fresh universe out of nothing / (the earliest single light in the evening sky in spring) + (a look or a touch reveals its unexpected magnitudes)]


§ 4 Responses to Grad School Homework.

  • Amy Ponomarev says:

    Interesting – what was the assignment?

  • hoostown says:

    We were asked to “diagram bewilderment.” There were no other instructions. My weird look-I-made-an-equation-&-failed was accompanied by a brief description of my vague understanding of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. It was kind of a hilarious class, in the best way.

  • Amy Ponomarev says:

    I like what you did – and it’s a beautiful application of the Heisenberg Uncertainy Principle – connecting it with that amazing poem.

  • Amy Ponomarev says:

    My husband’s a physicist, and he always says that physics is really about the meaning of life – but physicists are afraid to tell you that

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