Monday, April 7, 2008


Reading a biography of William James, thinking about links between the occult and the rational or hyper-rational, waiting for Jared to comment in this space, I underlined 2 James quotes to put in here:

"The peace of rationality may be sought through ecstasy when logic fails..."

"The Absolute is what has not yet been transcended, criticized, or made relative. So far from being something quintessential and unattainable as is so often pretended, it is practically the most familiar thing in life. Every thought is absolute to us at the moment of conceiving it or acting upon it."

I'm thinking, poetry may not be critique, but it tries to critique - makes absolutes (thoughts, sounds) and then interrogates them. Reading Irresponsibility by Chris Vitiello makes me think about this too.

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