The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

metrical forms of the apocalypse (tabla)

"It is not, again, "what is to be done," but "what is the doing." And it
is insufficient to abjure the doing, as in the notion there can be no
lyric poetry, perhaps no poetry, after the Holocaust, that other holocaust
that continues in yet other forms. This bypasses, not only doing, but
thinking that may yet reveal another dawn in the midst of dusk. One might
say in return, all dawns are ruptured. The day is ruptured by the night.
What remains, what is never ruptured: ground zero - one might say the
substance of ground zero, but here there is no divisibility; one fails and
falters with the other."

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