Saturday, June 5, 2010

256) from Glissant's Poetics of Relation

the literary life 6/5/10

"This is why we stay with poetry. And despite our consenting to all the indisputable technologies. Despite seeing the political leap that must be managed, the horror of hunger and ignorance, torture and massacre to be conquered, the full load of knowledge to be tamed, the weight of every single piece of machinery that we shall finally control, and the exhausting flashes as we pass from one era to another--from forest to city, from story to computer--at the bow there is still something we now share: this murmur, cloud or rain or peaceful smoke. We know ourselves as part and as cloud, in an unknown that does not terrify us. We cry our cry of poetry. Our boats are open, and we sail them for everyone."
-----Glissant

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