Poetry As Survival

Ars Poetica V (personal lyric, cont.)Poetry as Survival – postscript:

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                                         It is difficult

to get the news from poems

                                                                    yet men die miserably every day                                

                          for lack

of what is found there.

— William Carlos Williams

 

 

 


5 thoughts on “Poetry As Survival

  1. Poetry as resistance. With this passage Williams answered both Pound and Arendt, after Hiroshima. It is Williams’ greatest poem, but, alas, Celan, who found he couldn’t turn from this dark riddle so easily, died of it nonetheless. Sometimes I think he would have been better off outside of Paris, with its cultures of abstraction, but where could he have gone? The language followed him. Handke seems to have found the path, however, in a world of kaleidoscopic surfaces.

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