Aphorisms present another way to climb through language–another way to envision a route. Even back when I first began writing them, they helped, in part, direct my imagination for what would happen or did happen in the classroom (Aphorisms 2002). I used them to envision and reflect.
Prior to writing my dissertation and my work on gestures and zoopoetics, I found myself writing aphorisms again (Aphorisms 2011). After writing the batch, I felt like I had just stood at the base, looking up, at what became my book. There was something empowering about articulating the crucial insights through which I would climb.
Recently, I picked up the practice of writing aphorisms again, inspired by Theodore Roethke’s Straw for the Fire. As a poet/scholar/teacher, Roethke gravitated to aphorisms throughout his career. I thought, Roethke would have loved to tweet!–and with that thought, I began tweeting aphorisms for Merwin Studies.
I am not sure if this current batch of aphorisms (Aphorisms, Spring 2014) points towards a forthcoming scholarly venture or not, but regardless, they have already enhanced the discussions in the classroom in their indirect and surreptitious way.
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