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With her usual style and wit, poet Marianne Moore explains why “Poetry” can be such a perfectly contemptuous form. After all, it can be nearly impenetrable, often paradoxical, and seemingly condescending to the uninitiated.  Yet, in spite of poetry’s sometimes inscrutable ways, Moore acknowledges its clarifying role in our collective consciousness--i.e., the best phrases and most...

On this first day of May, we are introducing a new (and improved) feature of our blog: guest contributors from the Institute’s network of Fellows, Advisors, and Friends. To start off, we are pleased to introduce our long-time collaborator, Dr. Matthew Post of the University of Dallas, who offers us some thoughts on the relationship...