Monthly Archives: September 2008

Urban Art, Braddock

Braddock, PA

Braddock, PA


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Personal Symbol, My Manifesto


FuFu d. 12 May 2007

Personal Symbol

Do you have a personal symbol recurrent in your poetry?
Like Anne Sexton’s Rat’s Star?

Rat’s Star
and I’m off
the unfairness of the lack
of a hamster constellation
in the Milky Way Galaxy
on to Fu Fu the Galaxy’s First
Blogging Hamster
how after his death
the fortune on my bottle of FuFu Berry Jones Soda
And I knew it was meant
for Fu Fu
I mean surely
there is space between Dorado the goldfish
and Lepus the hare
for Fu Fu the hamster’s stars
and if I had a personal symbol
it’d be something simple
at times overlooked
that people would smile
and shake their heads
in unexpected recognition
so let’s poke holes
in the night curtain
let sun shine through in the shape of Fu Fu

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Welcome to Excelsior 2: Deux Ex Machina

Welcome to Volume 2 of Excelsior!

This site will focus on art, philosophy, religion, language, culture, and literature. Personal, political, and random stuff will still appear on Volume 1

sumi-e by sarah

sumi-e by sarah

This Volume is subtitled Deux Ex Machina. Deux Ex Machina is traditionally considered an inferior plot device wherein the complication of the story is suddenly and improbably resolved. Literally meaning “God from the Machine,” this term derives from a literal machine used to raise or lower actors playing gods onto the stage in Greek tragedies. According to Horace, this is a Do-Not. Nowadays, it’s a sign of an unskilled writer to just tack on an ending to a hopeless situation that neatly resolves everything. The reader has entered into an unspoken agreement to suspend his disbelief when he begins a story. A Deux Ex Machina dissolves this contract and pulls the reader out of the story.

I was once told something along the lines of Fiction has to be believeable– real life isn’t always believable. Sometimes things seem to just happen in life. Then there is the more zen approach– a situation may seem hopeless to others, but to you it might not require a resolution–“Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like thewind. To be happy, rest like a great tree in the middle of them all.”
– Achaan Chaa

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