Added notes: Shakespeare as Ozymandias

[ by Charles Cameron — how Bill Benzon and Will Shakespeare lead me to Angus Wilson and Ruth Ozeki ] . Comments are now closed on my fairly recent post, Triangulation: Hoboken, Ramesses II, Ozymandias, so I can’t add there to the strand of the discussion that dealt with Shakespeare‘s language becoming barnacle-encrusted with time […] Read more »

Romance as a precursor drug, and as a cure, for terror

[ by Charles Cameron — a scary thought for a poet, given that “The lunatic, the lover, and the poet / are of imagination all compact” ] . Considering the matter of altered states of consciousness as they relate to terrorism, I’m reminded of one of Shankara’s aphorisms: Who is the greatest hero? He who […] Read more »

Terror Is Glamour as War is Game

[ by Charles Cameron — on the necessary simultaneity of temporal and eternal perspectives ] . ** First as to glamour -– it may help to reflect that glamour, our word, comes not from Vogue but from the same origins as grammar (referring to languages) and grimoire (a book of spells, spelling also being a […] Read more »

Islamic State vs Saudi Arabia — Cole Bunzel’s new paper

[ by Charles Cameron — contextualizing IS in terms of KSA, Abd al-wahhab and the Prophet, also an interior / eternal aspect of the “end times” ] . Cole Bunzel, speaking with Charlie Rose ** As a poet, I keep my eyes peeled for the superposition of opposites in a small space. John Donne‘s great […] Read more »