The Aesthetic Realism Online Library is the definitive source of publications about the philosophy founded by poet, critic, and educator Eli Siegel.
Poetry. Poems by Eli Siegel, including his Nation Poetry Prize-winning “Hot Afternoons Have Been in Montana” and “Dear Birds Tell This to Mothers.” Critics speak about his poetry. What poetry is, including poetic criticism of works by Byron, Browning, John Donne, H.D., Keats, and others.
Reviews. Reviews written by Eli Siegel in Scribner’s Magazine; reviews of Eli Siegel’s poetry and prose, including in the New York Times Book Review.
Books that inform you about Aesthetic Realism and how it understands life, art, and history. Self and World is an explanation of Aesthetic Realism, with chapters on “Love and Reality,” “The Child, ” and more. The friendship of Eli Siegel and William Carlos Williams, including a talk Mr. Siegel gave on Williams’ poetry with Williams present, is in The Williams-Siegel Documentary.
Articles in the news about the founder of Aesthetic Realism from the 1930s on; and about the ideas and principles of Aesthetic Realism in relation to economics, love, art, youth and age, the Mideast, and more. Includes WKCR-FM “The World of Art” interview of Eli Siegel.
Essays. Here in the Online Library are essays by Eli Siegel that illuminate some of the least understood aspects of people’s lives, such as “The Ordinary Doom.” They show with great keenness and compassion the logic that underlies our emotions at their best and worst.
Lectures. Aesthetic Realism and Expression; Poetry and Women; Ownership, Strikes, Unions; and Animate and Inanimate Are in Music and Conscience are four of those gathered here. We’ll be adding links to many more lectures Mr. Siegel gave over nearly four decades, each presenting new, groundbreaking knowledge.
Definitions. Eli Siegel wrote Definitions, and Comment: Being a Description of the World in 1945, and it is serialized in the journal The Right of Aesthetic Realism to Be Known. In this work he defines and comments on 134 words—among them, Thing, Romance, Space, Courage, Surprise, Aspect, and History. Online are Reality, Truth, Aesthetics, Success, Everydayness, Emotion, and more.
Eli Siegel Collection. Located in the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, the Collection of 25,000 volumes houses the books and some of the manuscripts of Mr. Siegel.
Featured image: Van Gogh, “The Yellow Books” (detail)