Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Intelligibility

The idea of intelligibility as sole poetic value has been raising its unquestioned head lately. Yes, we all need it and to a large degree live by it. It is not, however, the limit of language's behaviour. Think about the crossword puzzle in your weekend newspaper. Or the chart on your optometrist's wall. Now take another look at the text you're reading.

Think about the moment of weightlessness before the thud in your heart when you read a fresh metaphor.



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