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Thursday, April 19, 2018

On science & poetry (Le Guin)

Science describes accurately from outside, poetry describes accurately from inside. Science explicates, poetry implicates. Both celebrate what they describe. We need the languages of both science and poetry to save us from merely stockpiling endless "information" that fails to inform our ignorance or our irresponsibility.

Ursula K. Le Guin

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

More on poetry

Poetry is dreaming true things which provoke us with a cathartic pulse.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

New poems

+15

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Monday, April 16, 2018

One more (Bidart)

One more poem, one more book in which you figure out how to make something out of not knowing enough.

Frank Bidart, from "Writing 'Ellen West'"

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

On poetry

Poetry is saying something, and saying it better while trying to say it best.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Abstraction of experience (Macfarlane)

In so many ways, there has been a prising away of life from place, an abstraction of experience into different kinds of touchlessness. We experience, as no historical period has before, disembodiment and dematerialisation. The almost infinite connectivity of the technological world, for all the benefits that it has brought, has exacted a toll in the coin of contact. We have in many ways forgotten what the world feels like. And so new maladies of the soul have emerged, unhappinesses which are complicated products of the distance we have set between ourselves and the world. We have come increasingly to forget that our minds are shaped by the bodily experience of being in the world—its spaces, textures, sounds, smells and habits—as well as by genetic traits we inherit and ideologies we absorb. A constant and formidably defining exchange occurs between the physical forms of the world around us, and the cast of our inner world of imagination. The feel of a hot dry wind on the face, the smell of distant rain carried as a scent stream in the air, the touch of a bird's sharp foot on one's outstretched palm: such encounters shape our beings and our imaginations in ways which are beyond analysis, but also beyond doubt.

Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places

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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Interested

I am interested most in a poetry of rhetoric,
a didactic lyric.

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A quest (Macfarlane)

He knew only that he was committed to a quest whose meaning he did not understand, but whose necessity he could not refute.

Robert Macfarlane, The Wild Places

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Science & poetry

More and more I think science and poetry are two sides of the same coin.

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New poems

+15

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Monday, April 09, 2018

Of love & loss

Love is occasional,
loss is eternal.

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Saturday, April 07, 2018

A flashlight

Within the darkness of life, love is a flashlight which reveals, in time, the one it is focused on.

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Friday, April 06, 2018

Life on the farm

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Thursday, April 05, 2018

Athirst (Nitobe)

Have you seen in your tour of Japan many a young man with unkempt hair, dressed in shabbiest garb, carrying in his hand a large cane or a book, stalking about the streets with an air of utter indifference to mundane things? He is the shosei (student), to whom the earth is too small and the heavens are not high enough. He has his own theories of the universe and of life. He dwells in castles of air and feeds on ethereal words of wisdom. In his eyes beams the fire of ambition; his mind is athirst for knowledge. Penury is only a stimulus to drive him onward; worldly goods are in his sight shackles to his character.

Inazo Nitobe

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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

The essence

The essence of being is what-has-been.

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Monday, April 02, 2018

The religious

The religious all worship either a circle with corners or a square without.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Temptation

The world tempts us with everything
and the temptation most difficult to resist is self.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Taste

Each treat, every sustenance, must disappear from our sight before we can taste it.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Teases

Dream teases cognition without self.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Concentration

There is what concentrates and there is what is being concentrated, but what concentrates is also being concentrated.

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