Jan/Feb 2015 • Vol. XXXVII No. 1 NonfictionJanuary 1, 2015 |

Zeno’s Arrow, Cupid’s Bow: Structure, Process, and Poetry’s Dream of the Unified Field

It's easy to be mysterious about mystery. The difficult thing, the beautiful thing, is to be clear about mystery. —B.H. Fairchild Reason loves a good paradox, tight as it is and yet unresolved, the kind of puzzle that, like Keat's urn, would "tease us out of thought" (1.44). Contrary to its reputation, reason loves the pleasures of contradiction and multiplicity or, beyond that, the sense of something unspoken, a suggestive silence, full of interpretive possibility, a sense of release from the drone of literalism, of logical consistency and utilitarian compulsion. Poems tend to love a little tension in their reason, to animate logos with a future tense, a feeling that there is something left over from the work of the understanding, some conflict that does not resolve into the intellectual harmony of equations. That said, the paradox would be devoid of its animating tension if it were not for the hidden longing in logos for singularity, for the monotheism of the middle ter

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Bruce Bond is the author of twenty-one books including, most recently, Immanent Distance: Poetry and the Metaphysics of the Near at Hand (U of MI, 2015), Black Anthem (Tampa Review Prize, U of Tampa, 2016), Gold Bee (Helen C. Smith Award, Crab Orchard Award, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), Sacrum (Four Way Books, 2017), Blackout Starlight: New and Selected Poems 1997-2015 (L.E. Phillabaum Award, LSU, 2017), Rise and Fall of the Lesser Sun Gods (Elixir Book Prize, Elixir Press, 2018), and Dear Reader (Free Verse Editions, 2018). Presently he is a Regents Professor of English at University of North Texas.

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