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Necessity and Inevitability

Necessity and Inevitability

It’s almost inevitable that the conversation continues. About Art. About the way we humans structure things, because our brains were built that way. About the way we choose to structure poems, plays, novels and such. The rocks we use to get to something else. The fire inside that rock. The spirit of stone the best sculptors find and exploit. It was there all along, they say. And the best don’t just say that, they feel it with every fiber of…

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The Field of Being

The Field of Being

William Barrett, in his Irrational Man, introduces us to Existentialism and summarizes the development of Western Thought in the process. The book came out in 1958, but can be read fruitfully and applied productively to the problems we face today. In the section on Heidegger, whom I haven’t read in years but should return to, Barrett discusses Heidegger’s Field Theory of Being, and places it in historical context. The Greeks were the first to remove objects from their surroundings, their…

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Elective Affinities

Elective Affinities

As we await the true launch of our journal, I’ll be posting now and then. Today, wanted to name a few of the foundational books for yours truly . . . . books that helped launch me into beautiful worlds and new directions. To name just three: The Random House Book of Twentieth Century French Poetry, edited and introduced by Paul Auster. This book had a profound impact on my own writing and the way I view poetry. Ezra Pound…

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