Tuesday, July 03, 2012

News at Eleven: Notice how one of the Levinas quotes, "clothed

with purely borrowed being," curls around the left corner. There's added shapeliness to this phrase; perhaps it is a beginning of vertigo; maybe there's the half-illuminated arch in it, a doorway. The shape is suggestive, but to comment on the details of it is like ascribing semantic meaning to a jazz riff: fun but endlessly subjective, and beside the point. What's more important--as is the case with jazz, too--is the phrase's interplay with the poem's other elements.

from The Jewish Daily Forward: Thoughts That Move in Space


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