Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Great Regulars: In an obituary of Ivan V. Lalić

in the Independent, Celia Hawkesworth wrote that his work "allows each of us, as individuals condemned to solitude, to connect with a shared inheritance and feel, for a moment, part of a larger whole".

"The Empty Days", however, seems to argue that deep connection is only possible through the regular practice of solitude. Lalić bemoans the passage of years--"A pile of newspapers growing/And ageing, layer by layer, like filthy snow"--but he makes the case for engaging in the stillness of meditation or prayer "in the mornings and before sleep" in order to keep despair at bay.

from The Times Literary Supplement: Poem of the Week: The Empty Days


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