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March 29, 2015

My new book THE PURPOSE PITCH is now available from Mansfield Press

The Purpose Pitch

Drawing from a range of contemporary poetic traditions, The Purpose Pitch explores the overlap between narrative, pop culture, and the political. These poems are often funny, sometimes harrowing, and always unsettling. Through rants, narrative prose poems, absurdist dialogues, brutal police reports, invented biographies of real people, Google search results, and celebrity-interview mash-ups, Mockler shows us just how Boschian Western culture is in the twenty-first century.
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March 24, 2015

Amid the social upheaval of the 1960s, when protests were brutally quashed, Detroit’s Broadside Press was quietly turning out the works of African-American poets who were telling universal and particular truths that re-shaped the way people thought of themselves and each other.
Lots of works, in fact.

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February 4, 2015

In fiction, as in a cemetery, there's a limited number of plots. We just aren't sure how many. Carlos Gozzi, a 18th-century Italian playwright, thought there were 36 dramatic situations, but ever since then, the number has been going down, cratering with Christopher Booker's popular 2004 The Seven Basic Plot Structures.
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February 3, 2015

January 20, 2015

A Poet’s Boyhood at the Burning CrossroadsBy SAEED JONESJanuary 19, 2015
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January 12, 2015

My new book The Purpose Pitch is coming out in April 2015 with Mansfield Press.

The Purpose Pitch is now available for pre-order. Visit my website for details: http://www.kathrynmockler.com/

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Drawing from a range of contemporary poetic traditions, The Purpose Pitch explores the overlap between narrative, pop culture, and the political. These poems are often funny, sometimes harrowing, and always unsettling. Through rants, narrative prose poems, absurdist dialogues, brutal police reports, invented biographies of real people, Google search results, and celebrity-interview mash-ups, Mockler shows us just how Boschian Western culture is in the twenty-first century.
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December 28, 2014

Delirious Hem: ADVENT DAY 25 * KATHRYN MOCKLER!: A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED   APRIL 30 – MAY 31, 2014  A WOMAN WAS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IN WILLENHALL AFTER SHE WAS FOLLOWED HOME ...
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December 19, 2014

On First Looking Into Milton's Paradise Lost

Marginalia from my university textbook of Milton's Paradise Lost (1992).

satan
his army
1/3 of angels in heaven prefered satan
satanic powers
freedom of choice
satan
satan
existentialist
satan described as mean
satan
sarcastic family tyranny appears
satan
milton’s views
satan
MOLOCH
Belial
Mammon
Beelzebub
satan
sin
Death
F.F
chaos
before light there existed idea of light in God’s mind
the poet is observing light for 1st time
Milton personalizes this blindness in darkness
1652 – he went blind
with plummeting of satan, darkness of falling man universe
God
son of God
satan is vulture feeding on lambs
milton is making fun of Catholic pilgrimages
classical myths about golden places “paradises” but had a serpent lurking + cause downfall of the inhabitants
description of satan?
satan’s address to the sun
satan address to hell
Adam
Eve
she comes from him
agrees
praises
questions her life
thought herself beautiful
vain
she think she is more beautiful
man more fair
satan
Ariel
Gabriel
state of mind that is innocent
Is Satan worked up sexually?
literally an explosion
they are not afraid
heavenly point of view + Milton’s – ultimately everything hangs from God
when Satan looks up he sees reality
Satan is there because God has permitted him to be there
he has escaped hell + tricked the guards because God allows him to
God chooses to give satan freedom but doesn’t choose for him to man fall
Eve
Adam
hierarchy of life
satan
verbal war Abdiel + Satan
war begins Michael + Satan
satan ashamed
Gabriel + Satan
satan’s war aims
and day of war
throw mountains of Satan + army
hard to explain in earthy terms
God
military height
heaven-golden
water
light
gold
round circles wheels center
day 1 light
day 2 heaven
day 3 earth
day 4 sun moon stars
sun stars/moon
day 5 fish + birds
day 6 mammals man
hell tells them not to eat from T of k = death sin beware
a question – astronomy
answer
imagination
Adam
dream
Raphael
Milton claims this work on a higher level than Iliad
cupid (Aros)
speaker says verse
not product of craftsmanship scholarship
clearly M is rejecting this
satan circles earth 7 times
satan adopts attitude of earth slim bodies
A says E is vulnerable
defines freedom
she is wrong
dramatic irony
Milton brings in classical myths that lead to disaster
makes S a seducer a third party challenger of A love
S. begins
temptation
E
S
E
S
E
E
S
E
S
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
DEATH
sex
naked guilty shame
she blames him
he blames her
E punishment A
sin
meet Satan
Satan
God blames man
didn’t ask to be made
wants to die
thinks it’s fair
he doesn’t have one [mother’s lap]
afraid of afterlife
not fair
God
vision
CAIN + ABLE
HUMAN SUFFERING
vision
Eve blamed
IRON + BRASS vision
Seth
woman
WAR VISION
NOAH + FLOOD
vision
NOAH ON GROUND
VISION
AGE OF NIMROD
HIST. OF ISREALITES
Law
thru Jesus


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December 18, 2014

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