[ilds] born without tongues

Richard Pine richardpin at eircom.net
Tue Jul 24 00:48:33 PDT 2007

How about Kafka: 'a book is an axe for the frozen sea within us'..?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: william godshalk 
  To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca 
  Sent: Tuesday, July 24, 2007 2:39 AM
  Subject: Re: [ilds] born without tongues

  Okay, I certainly agree with Durrell. This following statement is surely nonsense. 

  Poems don't describe, but they are 
  sounding-boards which enable the alert consciousness to pick up the 
  reverberations of the extra-causal reality for itself.

  How does this comment help us read "The Tree of Idleness"? The poem is really a sounding-board that enables the "alert consciousness" to experience extra-causal reality? 

  I would not encourage my literature students to define a poem in this way.

  I would suggest that they use their yoga techniques and asanas. 


  W. L. Godshalk           *
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  University of Cincinnati            Stellar disorder  *
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