Tuesday, April 16, 2013

News at Eleven: Language has its own meaning,

which is separate from meaning as communication, or so it seems to me.

For example, the language that we hear in dreams is very important to me. I wake up with these words that have just been spoken, and they somehow have a meaning beyond what is possible, even beyond expression. So what is that? It's almost like the meaning of music. It's a sort of super meaning that I don't know much about except that it constantly attracts me and makes me want to include it in my poems.

from The Christian Science Monitor: Interview with poet John Ashbery


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