Relational Reading

The underlying reason for writing is to bridge the gulf between one person and another. – W H Auden

Beauty therefore is a relation, and the apprehension of it a comparison. The sense of beauty in fact is a comparison, is it not? – GMH

I understand the relationship between the poet, the poem, and the reader not as a static entity but as a dynamic unfolding. An emerging sacramental event. A relation between an I and a You. A relational process. – Edward Hirsch

So, after the “joy” comes in, we find ourselves in the unutterable after-hum of the poem where there resides a resonating connection between poet and reader. It’s there, in the purr of white space, that we are offered an opening to pass from the clarity of living to the clarity of understanding the metaphor. – David Biespiel

The frame through which I viewed the world changed too, with time. Greater than scene, I came to see, is situation. Greater than situation is implication. Greater than all of these is a single, entire human being who will never be confined in any frame. – Eudora Welty

It will be necessary, then, to take up the Meditationes from the starting point of the fact that I love even before being because I am not, except insofar as I experience love, and experience it as a logic. – Jean-Luc Marion

Only two things pierce the human soul one is beauty. The other is affliction. – Simone Weil

That human experience of the world is linguistic in nature was the thread underlying Greek metaphysics in its thinking about being – Hans-Georg Gadamer

No amount of trendy postmodern theory can alter the meaningful relationships that bibliophiles forge with the writers they love. If the cult of the author still exerts influence on today’s readers, it is because reading is an act of communication, not an act of isolation. Books are not inert text but rather points of intersection, windows into the experiences and worlds of other people. – Rebecca Rothfield

Narrative is determined not by a desire to narrate but by a desire to exchange. – Roland Barthes, S/Z

Behind the reality, there’s still a lot of space where some things cannot be explained. – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The truer the symbol, the deeper it leads you, the more meaning it opens up. – Flannery O’Connor

The best example of co-creation is language. – Robert Lusch

Every life has lucky moments when sympathy opens one heart to others. – Penelope Fitzgerald

Well, I think language does bring us together. Fragile and misleading as it is, it’s the best communication we’ve got, and poetry is language at its most intense and potentially fulfilling. Poems do bring people together. – William Stafford


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