Archive for July, 2018

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What the Nazis driving people from homes taught philosopher Hannah Arendt about the rights of refugees

The 20th-century philosopher Hannah Arendt wrote how refugees, in the absence of legal rights, were forced to live in a state of ‘absolute lawlessness.’ Her words matter today.
— Read on theconversation.com/what-the-nazis-driving-people-from-homes-taught-philosopher-hannah-arendt-about-the-rights-of-refugees-98815

just say

 

– just say

 say she’s –

away

 

– anon.

7.7.18

Four Poems by Maggie Nelson – BOMB Magazine

 

Four Poems Excerpted from sections in the new re-issue of Something Bright, Then Holes (Soft Skull Press)

Source: Four Poems – BOMB Magazine

“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as an Ambient Poem; a Study of a Dialectical Image; with Some Remarks on Coleridge and Wordsworth – by Timothy Morton | Romantic Circles

“The Star”

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark:
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

– Jane Taylor

This essay is a testing ground for “ambience,” exploring the role of space in poetics, ideology and theory, building on the conclusion to the book The Poetics of Spice. Though ecocriticism and ecological philosophy talk about environmental awareness and “interconnectedness,” we may not be certain of what we mean by such terms. They should, for example, remind all literary scholars of the idea, and the ideology, of the aesthetic. By closely reading the famous poem “The Star” by Jane Taylor, this essay delineates some of the poetic forms involved in the inscription of environmental awareness, such as minimalism, and the foregrounding of what in structuralism is called the “contact” or medium of communication. The essay investigates the possibility of a “feminine” form of Romantic ecology in contradistinction to more masculinist versions. It uses Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida to counter the representation of ecological awareness in Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre. The essay discusses the work on culture and civilization by Geoffrey Hartman and Terry Eagleton to adumbrate the ways in which public space is evoked in environmental poetics. Walter Benjamin’s notion of the “dialectical image” is employed to indicate the Janus-faced nature of the poetic and ideological fantasy of “ambience” (or “aura” in Benjamin). In considering William Wordsworth’s sonnet “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the essay investigates the virtues and vices of ambience, as opposed to a more Burkean, “maximalist” view of the natural world. The essay continues the line of thought explored in David Simpson’s Wordsworth and the Figurings of the Real, especially the final section, “Societies of Figures.”

Source: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as an Ambient Poem; a Study of a Dialectical Image; with Some Remarks on Coleridge and Wordsworth | Romantic Circles

Naples and Hartford in Season: Happy Fourth of July

Americans, have a very happy Fourth of July.
It is not just a day off.  Or barbecues. Or parades.  Or fireworks.

We celebrate independence.  Freedom.

Town Hall, Ridgefield, Connecticut.

Source: Naples and Hartford in Season: Happy Fourth of July

Steel Pulse – Live At The Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland 1979 – YouTube

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