Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Survival begins when we translate crisis into language...In the act of making [or reading] a poem, two crucial things take place that are different from ordinary life. First, we have shifted the crisis to a bearable distance from us; removed it to the symbolic but vivid world of language. Second, we have actually MADE and shaped this model of our situation rather than passively endured it as lived experience. 

Gregory Orr, Poetry as Survival, page4-5

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