The Poethical Wager


How much do I want to read more? 6/10

Really weird book about poetry and modern science and art in general, and philosophy?
It starts with a self-interview, and I don't see really the point in all these questions.


The only thing that is different from one time to another is what is seen and what is seen depends upon how everybody is doing everything.
The composition is the thing seen by every one living in the living they are doing;
they are the composing of the composition that at the time they are living is the composition of the time in which they are living.
-- Gertrude Stein, “Composition As Explanation”

INTRODUCTION

The present is, in fact, made out of the residue of the past. What, after all, is there materially but all that is after? Light takes time to travel to the eye across the space of a room. The speed of sound is slower still. All images are after; this is their seduction and their ter- ror—the distance they imply and traverse, the possible betrayal of one’s senses.
Stein opined that it takes forty years for aesthetic innovation to sink in, much less become intelligible.

inserting an h in poetics: a slef interview

When you make a wager you stake something that matters on an uncertain outcome. It’s a conscious, strategic risk. Of course we’re taking risks every moment of our lives, but most of the time we can’t think of it that way.
I’m risking my life for whatever needs, desires, impulses, habits, values…lurk in that be- havior, whether or not I have a grip on the implications. There’s no avoiding it. Life—motion, change—is inherently risky. Why not take risks for what we care about most?

above all, adults need to continue cultivating their capacity for play.
It’s why such people have often been called “child-like.” This imaginative vitality, this connectedness with the world, is present in anyone who thrives on curiosity, puzzling, conjecturing.