Tuesday, July 10, 2012

News at Eleven: The unidentified traveling companion--

if she is the same person--appears again on a trip to Berlin and Brandenburg in the poem "Calm November weather." They part at the train station: "She returns/to Brüderstraße while/I set off to Wannsee." He goes to the Literary Villa there and hears a poet from Greenland read work in her "feathery language." There is something momentous about this day, we know, if only because [W.G.] Sebald chose to write a poem about it. Yet nothing obviously momentous has happened. Is the significant event simply the fact that these two people were together?

from The New Republic: The Limits of Feeling


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