"The image, in its simplicity, has no need of scholarship. It is the property of a naive consciousness; in its expression, it is youthful language."

--Gaston Bachelard,
The Poetics of Space (xix).



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My first efforts at writing what I wanted (rather than what others told me to write) came in the form of poetry. Today, I am still engaged in practicing poetry (just like those who claim would practice medicine or law or art), and it continues to delight and teach me. Like many of my other interests, I have branched out into fiction, playwriting, and even some beginning digital work, but none of this is very polished. Perhaps, at some point, I will include some reflective work about this branching, but for now it may be enough to just keep writing.

What poetry offers me that none of my other interests do is, amazingly, a real sense of writing the most complex kind of theory or scholarship or knowledge. It is my practice of poetry that leads my interests in rhetoric and new media, in emotions and the affective domain, in image and new media. Poetry reins supreme over all I do, yet as any poet would know, it remains elusive. As Wallace Stevens so famously penned, "The imperfect is our paradise" ("The Poems of our Climate").

Bronze Monkey



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Joddy R Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rhetoric and New Media

English Department, Texas Christian University
2800 South University Dr
Fort Worth,
TX 76129

Updated: 8/21/11