Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bells



Adam Roberts introduced me to this remarkable segment from Herzog's documentary, Bells from the Deep.


Adam has been working on a serial installment for The Atlantic entitled "The Righteous Skeptic's Guide to Reading Poetry". The first segment has just been published online and I look forward to reading it in full over the coming months. I think the piece raises important questions in regard to how a poet negotiates their aesthetic and social responsibilities. I think it is potentially the beginning of a really important conversation.

Iowa City is windy, getting cold.



The fundamental measure

of this city

is not that bell tolling,

nor the tiled body that moves

as we move, resting here.

-Jay Wright

Or


there is
a dancer
above the city

a dancer
above the city
who comprehends
the city's ways

-Robert Lax