Saturday, December 19, 2009

Theory: How God Taught Us Planning

When geometric diagrams and digits
Are no longer the keys to living things,
When people who go about singing or kissing
Know deeper things than the great scholars,
When society is returned once more
To unimprisoned life, and to the universe,
And when light and darkness mate
Once more and make something entirely transparent,
And people see in poems and fairy tales
The true history of the world,
Then our entire twisted nature will turn
And run when a single secret word is spoken.

-Novalis 1800
translated by Robert Bly

From Thomas Aquinas and John the Baptist to cellular automata and intelligent design: How God taught us planning, and where we went wrong.

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John B. Burroughs said...

25 important poetry books of the 00s?

Just when I was beginning to feel well acquainted with "modern" poetry I'm reminded I'm not so much. The only book on that list I have and have read is Zbigniew Herbert's (and it would be on my 25 important list too).

JJ Stickney said...

Herbert is one of favorite poets - of this or any decade.

Geoffrey A. Landis said...

Wow, I love the comic book covers.
(shows that my mind's right there in the gutter, that I click immediately through to the comic books, and ignore the list of important poetry books!)

JJ Stickney said...

Similar to reaction by Geoff and other to his Nov post about the Best American Poetry of 2009, I am uncomfortable with the definitive best of anything. But I think the list and Geoff's prior post are a good place to start discussions.

As to the 00 list, I've read 11 of the 25 listed.

John B. Burroughs said...

Of the 24 I've not read, 2 of the authors are my friends on Facebook (I say somewhat blushingly), so I'll probably begin with them.


The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau