Monday, July 02, 2007

July Notes

reading War and Peace.

I'm especially absorbed by the section from the Poetry in a Time of Crisis Conference: Is Poetry Enough (interesting Juliana Spahr essay here. Another essay is here).

Watched Winter Soldier. I'm interested in testimony -- in its necessity.

These are sentences from Jen Scappettone and Judith Goldman:

"Poetry's role is to decrease people's capacity to absorb contradictions quiescently"

"At the same time, however, to testify to war achieving its primary aim -- which is to injure and kill -- is also a symbolic act of remembrance and defiance."

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is this real?