Sunday, March 15, 2009

The Language of Poetry as a Minor Magic

"To write a poem is to practice a minor magic. The instrument of that magic, language, is quite mysterious. We know nothing of its origin. We only know that it branches into different languages and that each one of them has an indefinite and changing vocabulary and an indefinite cipher of syntactic possibilities."
—Jorge Luis Borges, quoted in The Critical Poem by Thorpe Running

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