Hollow Men, Hollower Women: Madness and Gender in T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland”

“We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass” ~ Colonel Kurtz in Apocalypse Now (1979), quoting T.S. Eliot. The opening epigraph of T.S. Eliot’s monumental modernist musing “The Hollow Men”, cites the composer’s venerable contemporary – modernist Joseph Conrad and … Continue reading Hollow Men, Hollower Women: Madness and Gender in T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland”

Grim, Gyroscopic Apocalypse: Explicating W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming”

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea…”                                                                                                             ~ Revelation, 13:1 In Poetry Magazine’s May 1914 issue, Ezra Pound unpacks William Butler Yeats’ late-career progression – particularly the Irishman’s shift into what Pound deems a “gaunter” voice – his work “seeking greater harshness of outline.” At the time, Yeats had not … Continue reading Grim, Gyroscopic Apocalypse: Explicating W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming”

On Planes, Trains, and Self-driving Automobiles

We used to talk of getting out, leaving what was left of our souls to find themselves without us and to wander between the walls that never listened, only heard our talk only heard our desire only took our voices. We used to drive for a while, In the cold minutes between class and rooms that wanted only to teach to educate to catch to … Continue reading On Planes, Trains, and Self-driving Automobiles