Category Archives: Poiesis

Wilfred Owen: The pity of war

The son of Saturn saw them and took pity upon their sorrow. He wagged his head, and muttered to himself, saying, “Poor things, why did we give you to King Peleus who is a mortal, while you are yourselves ageless and immortal? Was … Continue reading

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For Elza Soares (1930-2022)

Não tenho medo de nada. Temos que ensinar o medo a ter medo de nós./I am not afraid of anything. We have to teach fear to be afraid of us. Elza Soares For her courage and resistance, for her rebellious … Continue reading

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The anarchy of a music: Niño de Elche

El Grito La elipse de un grito, va de monte a monte. Desde los olivos, será un arco iris negro sobre la noche azul. ¡Ay! Como un arco de viola, el grito ha hecho vibrar largas cuerdas del viento. ¡Ay! … Continue reading

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The Paris Commune: Walt Whitman

To a Foil’d European Revolutionaire Courage yet, my brother or my sister!Keep on—Liberty is to be subserv’d whatever occurs;That is nothing that is quell’d by one or two failures, or any number of failures,Or by the indifference or ingratitude of … Continue reading

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For Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021)

If you would be a poet, discover a new way for mortals to inhabit the earth. Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Poetry is insurgent art Celebrating Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-2021), anarchist, poet, publisher of the Beat poets, and a founder of City Lights Bookstore … Continue reading

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In gratitude: For Chick Corea (1941-2021)

Music is our witness, and our ally. The ‘beat’ is the confession which recognises, changes, and conquers time. Then, history becomes a garment we can wear, and share, and not a cloak in which to hide; and time becomes a … Continue reading

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For Cecilia Mangini (1927-2021)

Italian photographer and documentary film director Cecilia Mangini died on January 21. What follows is a modest tribute to an artisan-artist for whom the making of images was always an act of engagement with her subjects and her audience.

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Constantine Cavafy: A poetry to see by

The poets (by which I mean all artists) are finally the only people who know the truth about us. Soldiers don’t. Statesmen don’t. Priests don’t. Union leaders don’t. Only poets. James Baldwin For those who lead a provincial life, life … Continue reading

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Witness to a revolution: May 68

To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability… All photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. Susan Sontag, On Photography For Bruno Barbey (1941-2020) The illusion of photography lies in its apparent immediacy, in its … Continue reading

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Giorgio Agamben: Love has been abolished

Si è abolito l’amore Si è abolito l’amorein nome della salutepoi si abolirà la salute. Si è abolita la libertàin nome della medicinapoi si abolirà la medicina. Si è abolito Dioin nome della ragionepoi si abolirà la ragione. Si è … Continue reading

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