On Imagination

On Imagination It is impossible for me to write about the imagination it is like asking a fish to describe the sea Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay With wit and intellectual abandon Ruefle draws ins

It is impossible for me to write about the imagination it is like asking a fish to describe the sea, Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject The chapbook features original interior illustrations.Ma It is impossible for me to write about the imagination it is like asking a fish to describe the sea, Mary Ruefle announces at the start of her essay With wit and intellectual abandon, Ruefle draws inspiration from Wittgenstein, Shakespeare, Jesus, Steve Jobs, Johnny Cash, and Emily Dickson to explore her subject The chapbook features original interior illustrations.Mary Ruefle is the author of numerous volumes of poetry and prose, including Madness, Rack, and Honey Collected Lectures, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, and Selected Poems, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America.

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  1. Mary Ruefle is an American poet and essayist The daughter of a military officer, Ruefle was born outside Pittsburgh in 1952, but spent her early life traveling around the U.S and Europe She graduated from Bennington College in 1974 with a degree in Literature.Ruefle s work has been widely published in literary journals She has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Writer s Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters Ruefle currently lives in New England She teaches in the MFA in Writing program at Vermont College and is visiting faculty with the University of Iowa Writers Workshop.For information on this author, go to wavepoetry authors 50

157 Reply to “On Imagination”

  1. A man taught art at a university When he came home after work his daughter asked him what he did that day He said, I taught people how to draw And she said, People forget how to draw Artists are just people who have not forgotten how to draw, by which I mean create But don t be taken in they have forgotten a great many other things Sometimes they forget they are no longer eight years old This is why artists are of a troublesome nature.


  2. I imagine that I love Mary Ruefle, and it s true I do love her I love her imagination I have no opinion on the goat.


  3. I love Mary Ruefle s brain Every time I read something of hers, I feel as though I am myself, or closer to being that person I want to be I m not sure how to explain it, otherwise On Imagination is a fabulous short essay that explores Ruefle s and other writers thoughts on what we call the imagination It is accompanied by lovely illustrations by Kristen Radtke Definitely recommend picking this up.


  4. Estoy muy feliz por haber encontrado dos veces, adem s a Mary Ruefle Qu grande este libro tan chiquito Qu ganas de abrazar a la cabra en el tico.


  5. A lovely little book that is large on image and poetic spirit A book to reread often when the world becomes too little engaged in imagination and its possibilities.



  6. The price of whimsyIf you can imagine paying for 100 or so words, quotes, or goats, buy this flash essay, and read it in your attic.


  7. I was a little resentful of paying 9.99 for a 30 page pamphlet which is fully illustrated, so 15 pages of text , but it s Mary Ruefle So I bought it, and I was right to.





  8. A not to be missed single essay interspersed with bright, cut out illustrations.Its means of investigation are central to its argument drawing from a wide variety of sources and disciplines including Dickinson, Wittgenstein, Gertrude Stein, Othello, Jesus, Johnny Cash, school primers, and the spooky behavior of electrons Ruefle reveals imagination s power, its elasticity, and its inextricable work in our theories of the universe, in our memories, in randomness, perception, linguistic expression, [...]


  9. A man taught art at a university When he came home after work his daughter asked him what he did that day He said, I taught people how to draw And she said, People forget how to draw Artists are just people who have not forgotten how to draw, by which I mean create But don t be taken in they have forgotten a great many other things Sometimes they forget they are no longer eight years old This is why artists are of a troublesome nature.


  10. This little booklet is a strange essay prose poem by the brilliant Mary Ruefle, who looks at imagination, its dark side, Emily Dickinson s upstairs goat, what is thinking , the relation and quality of mind, art, and thought, laced with charming anecdote, half poems, and reflections.





  11. I love Mary Ruefle She is so amazing I just love how she writes She literally makes me smile And this book is just splendid


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