Read your Writing Out of Hell piece on Williams. Found it interestingly reverberating my recent contemplations on the subject of poetics.
- “…the hell of repression lit by flashes of inspiration”: (ie. his notes for poems) locating the imagination and/or the “other” in the quotidian/banal
- open stance: such a stance being one that accepts messages from the “other” & “imagination” (read: unconscious)
- “obsession with the line…” : new mind = new line = mind that is open & accepts new (read: dangerous/other) messages of life
- “without invention nothing lies under the witchhazel…” : invention (read: imagination) as value
- “without invention the line won’t take on its ancient divisions …” : the imaginative horizon does not “crumble” (except perhaps intentionally in the surrealist realm),but takes on the curvature of the earth, the infinite
- War is the only thing in the world today : the language our leaders speak
- Spontaneous composing: imagination as value
- Structure of the field: poetic form = free verse, accentual verse, traditional verse
- Deeper state of consciousness: 1) the process/work opens the mind, relieves it of the hell of the quotidian, by applying imagination as the ‘way out” (see Sartre’s No Exit & Becket;s Waiting for Godot) 2) The work, the ‘praxis’ summons this ‘state’ in order to ‘fix’ it in the poem as a record (or CD!) of transcendence. See Jung: ‘The imaginatio, as the alchemists understand it, is in truth the key that opens the door to the secret of the opus… The soul, on God’s behalf, imagines creatively and extra naturam – to put it in modern language actualizes those contents of the unconscious which are outside nature, i.e. not a datum of our empirical world, and therefore an a priori of archetypal character. The place or the medium of realization is neither mind nor matter, but that intermediate realm of subtle reality which can be adequately expressed only by the symbol…. (C.G. Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis, Vol XX 1956)
- Sheldrake: yeah mon!
- Poetry as a struggle with reason: the poem’s imaginative horizon delineates the boundaries and components of this struggle
- This may be described as deepening of consciousness through poetry: as demonstrated historically through culturally various but basically similar ‘quests’ including the holy grail, the Lapis of the alchemical Artifex, the priest of the oracle, the sacrifice of the king.
- Perpetual drifter: (see above in Becket, Sartre, Mamet)
- American perfection of diversion from introspection: bravo!
transcendence, but by immersion: They go hand in hand, señor.
Immersion in The Red Sea was of special significance to the alchemists. See
“The Red Sea” (C.G. Jung, Mysterium Coniunctionis, 1956; prgph 257)
I look forward to reading the other pieces supporting your MFA practicum.