Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pure Poetry

"The best words in the best order."
This is how Samuel Taylor Coleridge defines poetry.

Yet poetry is not just in "poems."

It's in
the narration of this film

and in the lines of this lecture

and I believe that because poetry is all around us,
poetry is in images, too.
It's in the "click" that is more than onomatopoeia.
It's in the convergence of unspoken words,
the rush that precedes the desire to prolong a moment,
to repeat it, to preserve it, somehow.

Roland Barthes writes that
cameras are "clocks for seeing,"
and that is not just true,
it's poetry.

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