Squeezing the Universe into a Ball: Poetry and Meaning

“How are you feeling?” asked the doctor. His patient was suffering from semantic dementia, a condition in which damage to part of the brain’s temporal lobe disrupts the connection between words and their meanings. Her vocabulary had been reduced to … Continue reading »

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This Is Your Brain On Poetry

I know it’s coming, and it still gets me every time. I turn the page of my well-worn Norton Anthology of American Literature and take a deep breath, steeling myself before reading the next stanza. And would it have been … Continue reading »

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