Category Archives: Poiesis

June Jordan: Poetry for Palestine

I am saying that the ultimate connection cannot be the enemy. The ultimate connection must be the need that we find between us … I must make the connection real between these strangers and me everywhere before those other clouds … Continue reading

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For Italo Calvino (1923-1985)

On the occasion of Italo Calvino’s birthday … Novelists tell that piece of truth hidden at the bottom of every lie. To a psychoanalyst it is not so important whether you tell the truth or a lie because lies are … Continue reading

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Chile: “no hay revolución sin canciones”

As a person, I pay for what I say. … Refusal has always been a very important act carried out by saints and hermits but also by intellectuals. The very few people who made history are those who said no, … Continue reading

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For Mário Cesariny

… true democracy will only be possible when all men are poets. But this … [is] … not democracy – but ANARCHY! António Maria Lisboa, “Uma carta de António Maria Lisboa”, in Mário Cesariny, A Intervenção Surrealista I believe in … Continue reading

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Henri Cartier-Bresson: A way of seeing, a way of living

Poetry is the essence of everything, and it’s through deep contact with reality and living fully that you reach poetry. Very often I see photographers cultivating the strangeness or awkwardness of a scene, thinking it is poetry. No. Poetry is … Continue reading

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Gary Snyder and Wild Anarchism

For Gary Snyder To be truly free one must take on the basic conditions as they are—painful, impermanent, open, imperfect—and then be grateful for impermanence and the freedom it grants us. Gary Snyder, The Etiquette of Freedom There is an … Continue reading

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For Jean-Louis Trintignant (1930-2022)

It is rare that we would celebrate the work of a film actor, not however because we disparage their art, but for the intimacy between the cinematographic art and entertainment which renders this artist’s art suspect. This is perhaps unfair. … Continue reading

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For Paula Rego (1935-2022)

It seems to me that what you are often drawn to are the half-hidden stories – the stories that we can, as we look at your work, continue to unriddle in our heads. Is it possible to paint a secret? … Continue reading

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René Char: Poetry in/as resistance

… si nul n’est bon volontairement, nul n’est esclave du Bien. Emmanuel Levinas, Autrement qu’être ou au-delà de l’essence In old days men were absorbed in wars, filling all their existence with marches, raids, victories, but now all that is … Continue reading

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Penny Rimbaud: The howl of life

Freedom is not an abstract noun to be tossed about in the semantic trash can by dusty academics looking for an intellectual fix. It is a birth; a verb. Like the air we breathe, freedom is free to us all, … Continue reading

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