Jorie Graham – Some Notes on Silence
“Silence which is the absence of speech, or the ability to speak, the reason or desire. Silence whiunknown1ch drowns us out, but also which ignores us, overrides us, silence which is doubt, madness, fear, all which makes the langage bend and slip. Silence which is awe or astonishment, the speech ripped out of you. All forms of death and mystery, therefore, working in each poem against the hurry of speech, the bravery of speech. Because there is, of course, always the desire, the hope that they are not two separate worlds, sound and silence, but that they become each other, that only our hearing fails.”

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