things of little relevance

the everyday poet
February 12, 2010, 10:33 am
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Yesterday in Global Realism, my professor pointed out that in 2666, the motif of stars is emblematic of the poetry available in everyday life:

“All this light is dead,” said Inbeborg. “All this light was emitted thousands and millions of years ago. It’s the past do you see? When these stars cast their light, we didn’t exist, life on Earth didn’t exist, even Earth didn’t exist. This light was cast a long time ago. It’s the past, we’re surrounded by the past, everything that no longer exists or exists only in memory or guesswork is there now, above us, shining on the mountains and the snow and we can’t do anything to stop it.”

As soon as my professor mentioned the potential to discover poetry in the mundanity of everyday life, it immediately reminded me of Wallace Stevens who was an insurance salesman by day, poet by night. So here, Wallace Stevens, Armchair Visionary:

Stevens proved that to be a great poet, no great experience is necessary. You needn’t go off to war like Byron or take to the road like Kerouac to have yourself an adventure. If your mind is expansive enough, you needn’t even leave your chair. “Merely in living as and where we live” the air is already “swarming / with metaphysical changes,” as he wrote in “Esthetique du Mal”, a long poem featured in the collection.

This is unrelated, but I really like this quote from Christine Amanpour: “There’s the last book I read, and then there’s the last book I want to tell you I read.” (via Ian, I knew twitter would come in handy somehow!)


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