Why do we need poetry?

James Wright once asked in an essay on the great poet Pablo Neruda: “Why do we need poetry?” His answer: “Great poetry folds personal death and general love into one dark blossom.” This is the sense of the concrete universal and singular truth of death’s finality, combined with the abstract truth of love brought under […]


Slow scholarship 

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debt, or …

I’ve been pondering the sidebar conversation regarding  Lazzarato’s economistic focus of debt, and the discussion of other forms of debt worth negotiating , mentioned at different points by Peter, Evan and Mark… Having not read Butler, but thinking about the sentiment, I wonder if there are more suitable words that might embrace the positive indebtedness we have (to parents, for example), as opposed to an asymmetrical relation that engenders some form of ‘beholden’-ness?

Gratitude is one word that comes to mind.There are many others, I’m sure….  But I wonder if word choice obviates the tension, or if it relational?

writing to be read aloud

Nice discussion on a topic that we’ve addressed in Becoming Poor. Note Massumi’s quote, too, bringing it eerily close.


Many years ago I spent a pleasant mid morning sitting in the sun being read to. The occasion was a writers’ festival in my home town of Adelaide, Australia and the reader was Louis de Bernières. He’d just completed his novella Red Dog (now a movie) and wanted to try it out on a real audience. When he announced that he was just going to read, and not talk and engage with the audience – the usual genre at these kinds of events – there was a collective frown. de Bernières was going to break the unwritten rules and we were going to be cheated.

Of course, nothing of the sort happened. de Bernières is an accomplished reader, the Red Dog stories were funny and elegantly written and the audience was highly engaged for an hour.

Writers-Week-4679-850x455 Adelaide Writers’ Week Whenever I think about reading aloud I remember this particular…

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