Saturday, May 21, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 278

Radical Rethink

Some people spend their entire lives reading but never get beyond reading the words on the page, they don’t understand that the words are merely stepping stones placed across a fast-flowing river, and the reason they’re there is so that we can reach the farther shore, it’s the other side that matters.
José Saramago

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 277

Carnets (Extracts)

Night settles. You hear voices under the lime trees:
The human voice shines like the earthward beam
Of Antares which is sometimes red, sometimes green.
Philippe Jaccotet

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 276

Talk Provocatours

The word is simultaneously profane, that which we use to communicate everyday; and the Word is sacred, that which exists and justifies the ground of being. This is worth remembering, for it is just as true today as it was in Jacob’s era. There is magic in poetry, not just as a metaphor but in a literal sense as well. Narrative, fiction, language, prosody, all of these, despite the calipers of criticism, maintains a sort of charged and enchanted power. There is something sacred in poetry which is greater than and before that of even religion, and this power of language – to conjure completely different worlds that exist only in the grammatical relationships of abstract words to one another, to maintain the ability to affect the objective world of material existence, and to function as totems of meaning which can travel from mind to mind – was as true for Jacob wrestling with his angel as it is for any of us wrestling with meaning today.
Ed Simon,
Recall, Orpheus: Upon the End of National Poetry Month
May 6, 2016


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 275

Stir-Fried Say-So

Life is a mixing of all kind of things: comedy and tragedy going together.
Alejandro Jodorowsky

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 274


I just grew up watching a lot of movies. I'm attracted to this genre and that genre, this type of story, and that type of story. As I watch movies I make some version of it in my head that isn't quite what I'm seeing - taking the things I like and mixing them with stuff I've never seen before.
Quentin Tarantino