Narrating Fragments

“And in life, meaning is not instantaneous.  Meaning is discovered in what connects, and cannot exist without development.  Without a story, without an unfolding, there is no meaning.  Facts, information, do not in themselves constitute meaning.  Facts can be fed into a computer and become factors in a calculation.  No meaning, however, comes out of computers, for when we give meaning to an event, that meaning is a response, not only to the known, but also to the unknown: meaning and mystery are inseparable, and neither can exist without the passing of time.  Certainty may be instantaneous; doubt requires duration: meaning is born of the two.  An instant photographed can only acquire meaning insofar as the viewer can read into it a duration extending beyond itself.  When we find a photograph meaningful, we are lending it a past and a future.”

-John Berger, Another Way of Telling

Paul Kenny -

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3 thoughts on “Narrating Fragments

  1. Just read this piece on The Rumpus–

    http://therumpus.net/2014/08/david-biespiels-poetry-wire-the-poets-journey-chapter-10/

    “…the end of your poem should be different from the beginning of your poem. You are becoming a poet when you see that some change takes place through the composition of your poems — a change in you as the poet, a change in the poem that is the projection of your poetic imagination, and again, finally, through your effort to find communion with a reader so that a change takes place in a reader’s understanding of existence, too.”

    Seems to me,
    these things
    congrue….

"A word is a bridge thrown between myself and an other - a territory shared by both" - M. Bakhtin

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