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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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Kiefer on Art

“All of painting, but also Literature, and all that goes with it, is merely a process of going round and round something inexpressible, round a black hole or crater whose centre one cannot penetrate. And those things one seizes on… Continue reading

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Cavell on Photography

“To say that photographs lie implies that they might tell the truth; but the beauty of their nature is exactly to say nothing, neither to lie nor not to. Then what purpose may be served, or disguised, in attempting to… Continue reading

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Horsfield on Art

“Art, whilst it may be many things, may also be this: an accounting to others of the world which we together inhabit, to the end not that we escape history, but that we together may stand face to face with… Continue reading

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Berger on poetry

“Poems, even when narrative, do not resemble stories. All stories are about battles, of one kind or another, which end in victory or defeat. Everything moves towards the end, when the outcome will be known. Poems, regardless of any outcome,… Continue reading

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Meyer on poetry

“Poetry celebrates not only presence but the multiplicity of presence & the infinite possibilities of there. The poem has the power of location, it is a place — an actual (not metaphorical!) spatial event of language which begins in the… Continue reading

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From “Four Quartets” by T.S. Eliot

“Home is where one starts from. As we grow older the world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated Of dead and living. Not the intense moment Isolated, with no before and after, But a lifetime burning in every moment And… Continue reading

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Berger on art and time

“Works of art reside in and offer an experience of time, which is different from the time that surrounds most daily events. Before or within a work of art, we enter a different configuration of time, and I call it… Continue reading

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Franzen on homogeneity

 ”…But, as the novel has transformed the cultural environment, species of humanity have given way to a universal crowd of individuals whose most salient characteristic is their being identically entertained. This was the monocultural space that David [Foster Wallace] had… Continue reading

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