The problem with writing blog posts in your head is getting them out of your head and onto the paper. Or whatever.
If @evernote ever offers a brain chip, I'm in. Imagine just thinking all your notes. Or just imagining #InformationOverloadOne reason I'm happy about taking Fantasy and Science Fiction through Coursera is because the class starts with fairy tales. In college I avoided taking the Folk Tales class, mainly because I was so ignorant it sounded boring. Now I know that fairy tales, parables, myths, and folk tales are the basis of all literature. It's like I missed the anthropology of literature. (If the class had been called that I would have taken it, I love anthropology.) So I'm getting a small filling for a huge hole in my education.
— Cathy Dee (@CathyBlogs) June 5, 2014
To reiterate the good news for you
Ted Talk: Why people need poetry. By Stephen Burt, smart poetry guy: We're all going to die. Poetry helps us deal with that. (Also, IMHO: Limericks. So poetry is about sex too. You know, the little death.) Anyway: he really got me at Rae Armantrout. (Thank God for Modpo.) And then Keats. A good thirteen minutes.
Gotta go to class. Anyway, the Keats poem* that Stephen Burt quoted was 'This Living Hand.' I think maybe One Republic has read it.
* This living hand, now warm and capable / Of earnest grasping, would, if it were cold / And in the icy silence of the tomb, / So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights / That thou would wish thine own heart dry of blood / So in my veins red life might stream again, / And thou be conscience-calm’d–see here it is– / I hold it towards you.