Personal essays, poetry

Christopher Orlet argues that the proliferation of “malady essays” has resulted in the “present lack of respect for personal essays.”

“This much seems certain: if the essay has been exiled to the kitchen table of literature, this has not always been the case,” he says. (Via Arts & Letters Daily.)

Says the Old Hag: “Mr. Weisberg, if this is a pantoum, the Petrarchian (or Italian) sonnet contains a terminal couplet.”

By the way, despite its general prohibition against poetry submissions, McSweeney’s is publishing sestinas.

The visual thesaurus expresses the relationship between words with floating diagrams. (Via Carrie Hoffman’s links page.)

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