A poem is like an eye chart

The job of the poet is to seduce the reader –  – According to Billy Collins it is “about achieving a balance between “clarity and mystery. It’s important to know which card to turn over and which to lay face-down. But the beginning of a poem should always be very clear, to get a reader…

Falling open to the world

In the beautiful conversation between Ann Hamilton and Krista Tippett, which I wrote about earlier this spring, Hamilton is formulating very nicely some of the yet unfinished thoughts I have been struggling with the last couple of months. As I see it, she is figuring out some of the things I hoped that Alain deBotton…

naturalistic aesthetics

– looking at art from a darwinistic point of view Ellen Dissanayake says: Art is not a set of objects or compositions or paintings Art is the behavior that leads to a set of objects or compositions or paintings Art is not handed down only to a select few sensitive souls. Art, she says, is “making…

aesthetic perception as a mode of transcendence

You know; I’m interested in figuring out our common, everyday understanding of beauty. I’d like to know how we use and understand the concept beauty in contemporary art. But there is no way around the history of thoughts. We continue, whether we admit it or not, a long historical line of thinking, sometimes by contradicting…