Sky Lanterns

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  1. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker July 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm .

    Badio&#39;s definition of HIS brand of &#39;communism&#39; is (on page 90)<br /><br />&quot;By &quot;communist&quot; I understand that which makes the held-in-common prevail over selfish-ness,<br />the collective achievement over private self-interest. While we are at it, we can also say that love<br />is communist in that sense, if one accepts, as I do, that the real subject of love is the

  2. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker July 12, 2012 at 9:04 pm .

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  3. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato July 12, 2012 at 8:29 pm .

    Ed,<br /><br />Badiou&#39;s communism tends to get in the way of his good ideas (like the one you&#39;ve mentioned). I recall the days of my ol&#39; Chinese Philosophy elective courses in university: there&#39;s nothing really to distinguish, in style and substance, between philosophy and poetry. They draw from the same deep cultural well

  4. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato July 12, 2012 at 7:46 pm .

    Agreed.<br /><br />It&#39;s just that sometimes I hunger for a poetry that&#39;s grounded in &#39;need&#39;rather than the academic exercise it&#39;s become. I&#39;m talking of the Mandelstams, Amichais, Nerudas. But then I&#39;d also say Stevens wrote from a unique &#39;need&#39; of his own, one for which only his own rich storehouse of talent could supply the materials. There really is no one

  5. Ed Baker
    Ed Baker July 12, 2012 at 6:01 pm .

    NEAT TIMING as<br />I am just into the opening introduction by Burton Watson of his<br />1962<br />EARLY CHINESE LITERATURE<br /><br />like from 1100 B.C. until about 100 A.D.<br />(he doesn&#39;t include those earliest fragments that were written on bone)<br />..just finished Alain Badiou&#39;s new little book: In Praise of love<br />which opened up for me a way or three to &quot;go&quot; back/

  6. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison July 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm .

    Not really a review, Conrad. More of a press release! But I plan to review the anthology down the road. The issue of staying alive—calls for a different level of poetics, yes. Not a requirement, of course. Otherwise we&#39;d have to throw out poets like Stevens, which I can&#39;t do. Would real poets be poets if they weren&#39;t <i>somehow</i> in extremis?

  7. Conrad DiDiodato
    Conrad DiDiodato July 12, 2012 at 4:08 pm .

    Excellent review, Joseph.<br /><br />Given the recent Nobel award winners from China it&#39;s an anthology I should like to read. You can bet in China they&#39;re &quot;keeping it real&quot;, too concerned with the pesky business of staying alive to play with &quot;technics&quot; (as Corman would say). My type of poetics.

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