Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Thought for the Day


"The law––one perception must immediately and directly lead to a further perception" ( Edward Dahlberg, as quoted by Charles Olson in "Projetive Verse," Selected Writings). I've always taken this to mean, "no loading of the rifts with ore," because there are to be no rifts. Yet alongside this truth is another truth (that I've learned from [Robert] Duncan more than from anyone else)––that there must be a place in the poem for rifts too (never to be stuffed wth imported ore). Great gaps between perception and perception which must be leapt across if they are to be crossed at all.

The X-factor, the magic, is when we come to those rifts and make those leaps. A religious devotion to the truth, to the splendor of the authentic, involves the writer in a process rewarding in itself; but when that devotion brings us to undreamed abysses and we find ourselves sailing over them and landing on the other side--that's ecstasy.

-Denise Levertov, "Some Notes on Organic Form," from New & Selected Essays (New Directions, 1992) p.73.

1 Comments:

Blogger Andrew Shields said...

Thanks for the beautiful photo. She had the most wonderful laugh.

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