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"…if we didn’t have that means of communication, in fact, we’d still be living in caves, but…"

“…if we didn’t have that means of communication, in fact, we’d still be living in caves, but still, a lot of people are just surprised to think that language could have any function other than being about something. But sometimes—well, like me; when I was a boy, I began to think that there was something missing there. You could read Scientific American and it would explain String Theory but it was talking about it. And what poetry is engaged in, the kind of language it’s engaged in, is not the language of aboutness, it’s engaged in the language of isness. You’re not trying to point to something out there, and talk about it, you’re trying to actually put it right on the reader’s fingertips. The prose in a biology textbook is trying to tell you about the frog; the poem is trying to turn you into a frog. It’s trying to do the very difficult thing of trying to give you a sense of frogness. When you’re using referential prose, the ontological—excuse me for using that word, but the ontological experience and meaning of the thing is always dead to you if you’re just talking about it. There’s a big difference between telling somebody how much their investment has made over the year and putting them in the seat of a new Ferrari and letting them touch the leather and smell the new car and put it in first and feel that rush of power as they go out of the parking lot. I’m sorry, I don’t usually talk about Ferraris because I couldn’t afford one myself. [Fox laughs] I was talking with a friend the other day who owns one. But referential prose, expository prose, which dominates our minds, not only dominates our minds but actually brainwashes us into believing that’s all language can ever do. It can only point to things; they’re dead to you but you know about them. So poetry actually has to compete with that and it’s very hard to do because people whose minds are trained to process expository prose then are stymied when they come to a poem. And it’s not that the poem doesn’t want you to learn something but it wants you to learn it by seeing it and smelling it and tasting it and knowing the weight of the thing or whatever the ontological physical reality of the thing happens to be. So that’s a huge difference. And I think the word ontology is important there because it’s a radically different mode of being. Poetry’s job is to produce in the reader an order of being utterly different from the order of being that he is possessed by with ordinary explanatory prose. It’s a huge difference and it’s an important difference too because if you try to write a poem and you write it entirely in explanatory referential language, you’re going to get an absolutely dead poem.”

- from A Conversation with B.H. Fairchild - RATTLE: Poetry for the 21st Century » RATTLE: Poetry for the 21st Century
Jan 20

RT @rogre: "your art, whatever it may be…[is] the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift…[of] life itself" http:/ …

RT @rogre: "your art, whatever it may be…[is] the gift you have made to the world in acknowledgment of the gift…[of] life itself" http:/ ...
Jan 20

Tougher than Tonka / why I even electrify the sky, as if I was Blanka – Pharoahe Monche

Tougher than Tonka / why I even electrify the sky, as if I was Blanka - Pharoahe Monche
Jan 19

Currently surveying debates I’ve started between poets about the relative values of different models for generating group poems #lovemywork

Currently surveying debates I've started between poets about the relative values of different models for generating group poems #lovemywork
Jan 19

Photo: 浮。 (by 子天 管) http://t.co/jx7Sdijo

Photo: 浮。 (by 子天 管) http://t.co/jx7Sdijo
Jan 19

"I have been a Buddhist long before I started writing poems and I think as far as perception is…" http://t.co/BUm7Pniy

"I have been a Buddhist long before I started writing poems and I think as far as perception is..." http://t.co/BUm7Pniy
Jan 19

"I have been a Buddhist long before I started writing poems and I think as far as perception is…"

“I have been a Buddhist long before I started writing poems and I think as far as perception is concerned, Buddhism has had a major impact. My meditation practice made observing objects “as they are” a lot easier and this has helped in the avoiding the younger writer’s tendency towards canned or cliched phrases like “rolling hills”, “deep blue eyes”, or “shattered heart”, for example. Practicing Zen made it natural for me to question whether those hills are really “rolling”, or that perhaps those blue eyes are not very deep at all, maybe they’re hollow or crystalline, perhaps they resemble a mine shaft studded with jewels, a sea of lilacs? What I am saying is that there’s a danger in falling into these easy and common descriptions and by stripping the object of its very name, we can begin to see it in a more clear and unique way. When we remove an object or idea from the relative nature of language, we can see how stunning it really is all by itself, naked and fully present; we can see, at last, that an elephant is big only when it’s next to something small.”

- Ocean Vuong | Ocean Vuong: The TNB Self-Interview | The Nervous Breakdown
Jan 19

Southampton today – the Shake the Dust roadshow marches on. More poets, more shadows, more teachers, more poems…

Southampton today - the Shake the Dust roadshow marches on. More poets, more shadows, more teachers, more poems...
Jan 19

RT @BeaUdeh: @ShakeTheDust @MouthyPoets @SkyMirror @applesandsnakes @WritingEM Poets mentored.Shadows dusted.Boo! http://t.co/Ysgq5416

RT @BeaUdeh: @ShakeTheDust @MouthyPoets @SkyMirror @applesandsnakes @WritingEM Poets mentored.Shadows dusted.Boo! http://t.co/Ysgq5416
Jan 19

Need suggestions for things I can eat "on the road". Station food is getting me down.

Need suggestions for things I can eat "on the road". Station food is getting me down.
Jan 19

Some people think about doing it. Some people just do. (Thought on seeing a Kate Tempest / Polar Bear animated video/track.)

Some people think about doing it. Some people just do. (Thought on seeing a Kate Tempest / Polar Bear animated video/track.)
Jan 18

Photo: ••• Savile Row #5 (by Society Works) http://t.co/HFN8aiPE

Photo: ••• Savile Row #5 (by Society Works) http://t.co/HFN8aiPE
Jan 18

"Essentially I believe that everybody’s life involves this sort of dualism. Rationality and poetry are…" http://t.co/WpbclMBG

"Essentially I believe that everybody’s life involves this sort of dualism. Rationality and poetry are..." http://t.co/WpbclMBG
Jan 18

"Essentially I believe that everybody’s life involves this sort of dualism. Rationality and poetry…"

“Essentially I believe that everybody’s life involves this sort of dualism. Rationality and poetry are just as much part of our daily lives as liquid crystal watches and sunsets.”

- Andrea Galvani
Jan 18

Spent time yesterday with young and upcoming poet Belinda Zhawi. Looking forward to good things from her, too.

Spent time yesterday with young and upcoming poet Belinda Zhawi. Looking forward to good things from her, too.
Jan 18

Happy Wednesday! On the train to Nottingham to work with poets for Shake the Dust. Looking forward to good things.

Happy Wednesday! On the train to Nottingham to work with poets for Shake the Dust. Looking forward to good things.
Jan 18

RT @audanika: If you need anything from reddit, imgur or even Wikipedia, get it while they’re still online. They’ll be blacked out tomor …

RT @audanika: If you need anything from reddit, imgur or even Wikipedia, get it while they're still online. They'll be blacked out tomor ...
Jan 17

And "leadership" is still a keyword for 2012. Step Change offers professional development for leaders in the arts… http://t.co/D0vuzPxH

And "leadership" is still a keyword for 2012. Step Change offers professional development for leaders in the arts... http://t.co/D0vuzPxH
Jan 17

Photo: http://t.co/qviyg55t

Photo: http://t.co/qviyg55t
Jan 17

Photoset: dunnefrankowski: Since the start of the year, I’ve been really taken by the idea of having… http://t.co/w4KlQW0d

Photoset: dunnefrankowski: Since the start of the year, I’ve been really taken by the idea of having... http://t.co/w4KlQW0d
Jan 17