Saturday, August 30, 2008

Explaining Wallash

Often, late at night, I have been known to announce to a startled dinner guest, 'Wallash Shtevens, thassyerman. Sholves all outshtanding problemsh...." Days or weeks later, I hear that my baffled interlocutor has dipped into Stevens and then given up. This has just happened again so I set myself the task of a one sentence introduction to his poetry. After some thought, I came up with this - 'Two things are certain, that the world is made by my imagination and that it is not.' This, of course, may make matters worse, but it is at least accurate.

1 comment:

  1. Is the explanation of this that the world is made up by our imagination insofar as we perceive it and must live in it, and not, insofar as it exists independently of us, and is unperturbed by our departures? Or is there something else afoot?

    Must look more into Stevens indeed.