Saturday, April 17, 2004

Some better stuff than usual in the new Poets & Writers, including this gem from an interview with Robert Kelly, a poet I'm glad to make the acquaintance of:
One thing that strikes me very powerfully, and more so in recent years, is that is no privileged language, in that flowery or poetic language is not privileged over any other kind of language. I now think that there is only one language and that the incoherent speeches of current politicians are not irrelvant to the noble sentiments that I try and scribble down in my notebooks. We are all parts of the same phenomenon and we all rise or fall together. The schoolmasterly language used by the secretary of defense is part of the failure of my own work.

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