The Dead Of Night
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595"Well, I think what happens at certain points in my poems is that language takes over, and I follow it. It just sounds right. And I trust the implication of what I’m saying, even though I’m not absolutely sure what it is that I’m saying. I’m just willing to let it be. Because if I were absolutely sure of whatever it was that I said in my poems, if I were sure, and could verify it and check it out and feel, yes, I’ve said what I intended, I don’t think the poem would be smarter than I am. I think the poem would be, finally, a reducible item. It’s this “beyondness,” that depth that you reach in a poem, that keeps you returning to it. And you wonder, The poem seemed so natural at the beginning, how did you get where you ended up? What happened? I mean, I like that, I like it in other people’s poems when it happens. I like to be mystified. Because it’s really that place which is unreachable, or mysterious, at which the poem becomes ours, finally, becomes the possession of the reader. I mean, in the act of figuring it out, of pursuing meaning, the reader is absorbing the poem, even though there’s an absence in the poem. But he just has to live with that. And eventually, it becomes essential that it exists in the poem, so that something beyond his understanding, or beyond his experience, or something that doesn’t quite match up with his experience, becomes more and more his. He comes into possession of a mystery, you know—which is something that we don’t allow ourselves in our lives."
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Arthur Streeton (Australian, 1867-1943), Evening, Venice, 1908. Oil on canvas, 50 x 75.7 cm.

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Arthur Streeton (Australian, 1867-1943), Evening, Venice, 1908. Oil on canvas, 50 x 75.7 cm.

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Vladimir Putin — George W. Bush, 2014

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Vladimir Putin  George W. Bush, 2014

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Shuzo TAKIGUCHI
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The Halls of Mirrors reflects the reign of the Sun King in Versailles, France, July 1989.Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

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The Halls of Mirrors reflects the reign of the Sun King in Versailles, France, July 1989.Photograph by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic

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Louis Clesse (Belgian, 1889-1961), Petit canal. Oil on panel, 45 x 55 cm.

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Louis Clesse (Belgian, 1889-1961), Petit canal. Oil on panel, 45 x 55 cm.

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