Category Archives: Poetry

Adams on Photographing Evil

“Few photographers themselves have, however, supported the use of the adjective “concerned” as a way of distinguishing one artist from another; they know firsthand that all art is the product of concern. They believe as a consequence that it has… Continue reading

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Maeterlinck on Language

“as soon as we put something into words, we devalue it in a strange way. we think we have plunged into the depths of the abyss, and when we return to the surface the drop of water on our pale… Continue reading

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One off: Williams & McElroy

  Sorrow is my own yard where the new grass flames as it has flamed often before, but not with the cold fire that closes round me this year. Thirty-five years I lived with my husband. The plum tree is… Continue reading

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One off: Soth & Wadsworth Longfellow.

There are things of which I may not speak; There are dreams that cannot die; There are thoughts that make the strong heart weak, And bring a pallor into the cheek, And a mist before the eye. And the words… Continue reading

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One off: W.S. Merwin.

“I think it is essential to recognize the probable result of what we have done and are doing, but when we have seen that and its roots in human motives, the menaced world may seem more to be treasured than… Continue reading

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Winterson on Fiction

“Fiction and poetry are doses, they’re medicines. And what they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination.” — Jeanette Winterson, in a lecture for the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre, 2010.

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Berger on poetry

“The poet places language beyond the reach of time: or, more accurately, the poet approaches language as if it were a place, an assembly point, where time has no finality, where time itself is encompassed and contained. If poetry sometimes… Continue reading

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“After the Ark” by Pauline Stainer

How does water remain so unfamiliar? Roni Horn   It’s not told how the animals left, but waiting to disembark their breath formed a cloud and fell as light rain. It gathered in hollows under their eyes, the peaceable kingdom… Continue reading

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Roni Horn “Saying Water”

“The opacity of the world dissipates in water. Black water cannot dissipate the opacity of the world. Confused? Lost? Large expanses of water are like deserts: no landmarks, no differences. If you don’t know where you are can you know… Continue reading

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Mauron on Mallarmé

“All who remember the day when first they looked into the Poems or the Divagations will testify to that curious feeling of exclusion which put them, in the face of a text written with their words (and moreover, as they could somehow… Continue reading

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