THE TIME THAT SUNLIGHT TAKES TO REACH US
A debate on how we can write poetry in the 21st Century

A BEGINNER’S METAPHOR, OR, SOME NOTION OF TRUTH


I seriously think we may be at a point in time where we know, for instance, cows are media-led, desiring a picturesque landscape with urban development, transience, change, secularisations. We [humans] now think we need complex, new green fields for food chains, chaos theory, fractals. We can seek solace in ideas of rhizomes, fragments and cut-ups – chains of interlinked narratives – but it's very difficult to make sunlight this week. Some themes can't be dealt with in clearer ways than old-fashioned and traditional ways of writing the countryside. Previously experience and then language 'red in tooth and claw' changed the arts, now truth is having an effect. Just because post-Wittgenstein philosophy/theology is 'genuine' or 'real' or even utterly heartfelt about light/heat doesn’t mean it makes the red/blue shifts involved in the time that the blur of a bird's wing [or photography, film and many other images of same] takes to reach us. We know that in poetry we are prone to romanticising the ozone layer at the centre of language just as earlier we wanted more people to be flat – or not – in an obvious way. Life isn't like that though, it’s just an equal science.

          © David Kennedy


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