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Resilience – Poetry and A New Language Game

Why resilience? I define myself using a term established by Richard Rorty – “liberal ironist -the name for the “sort of person who faces up to the contingency of his own most central beliefs and desires –someone sufficiently historicist and nominalist to have abandoned the idea those central beliefs and desires refer back to something beyond the reach of time.

So my anthem is resilience – the sustaining of life’s daring. From this date forward I will be contributing more and more material along this theme. If you find any material that you think should be included, send it to

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Poetry project begins with inquiry into resilience and the human spirit
“There is a small world of people interested in human rights and writing,” says Marjory Wentworth, Poet Laureate of South Carolina.
Wentworth and three other poets from that small world, Carolyn Forche, Taha Muhammed Ali, and Peter Cole, will be here, in our island world, this weekend at the first session of the 2008 Block Island Poetry Workshop, “Poetry, Resilience, and the Human Spirit.”
“They are looking for a way to process their emotions. They are afraid, confused and angry,” Wentworth said. “When people get that sick they have little control. They’re told what to do. “
“It was a great way to process the information,” she explained. “There is a redemptive quality in creating a poem about these things.”
This weekend, Wentworth and Forche will team up to do a workshop together. “We’ll teach reading between the lines. We’ll write poems from newspaper clippings.”
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About Reputationist

When I started this blog in 2007 the following is what I was up to - things have changed - some. I'm what my handle states - an Oldude. The problem with this acknowledgment is my thinking and ambitions have not quite got the message of my "oldness". I've started an online Coaching practice and my rant is about how to improve long term happiness - For the World. My thing, I believe I can change the world - isn't that a hoot. The way I intend to change the world is to foster a wider and deeper appreciation for "mindfulness": The daring, flair and grace of Jayz; the political savvy of Cornel West; the creativity of Mos Def with the business and cultural daring of Richard Simmons. I've thought enough - being a philosopher of sorts - and trained hard with some of the sharpest minds ever on the planet - Cornel West and Michel Foucault to know the total absurdity of trying to change the world - but I do and I will. There it is showing my age again.


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