True Stream of Consciousness :: Le Guin, Thoreau, Buckley


“… we define poetry now, not by rhyme and meter but as a patterned intensity of language…” – Ursula K. Le Guin

‘a patterned intensity’ is a patterned intensity

denser denser four nouns in a row: guts, glory, America, Thoreau

Civil Disobedience

By Henry David Thoreau


I heartily accept the motto, “That government is best which governs least”; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe- “That government is best which governs not at all”; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient.

six nouns, seven: motto, government, men, expedient, experiment, denouement, grotto

a patterned intensity, four verbs: stop, drop, roll, rock

I can’t get over what Le Guin is saying about language.

I can’t quite language what Le Guin is getting over.


“Use your words,” I like to tell kids, and I like to use mine, too.


Hey, have you heard any Lord Buckley?





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