Friday, March 03, 2006

Tell me, Ramon Fernandez, if you know

One of the last fading thoughts before falling asleep yesterday was of "The Idea of Order at Key West". It was the poem that introduced me to early Wallace Stevens, to this unexpected, brilliant mixture of profundity and lightness. That was back in 1998, I termed the process "falling in love", it was pure exhilaration to read those fireworks of language and thought. The blessed rage for order, pale Ramon... The theme in The Idea of Order is of course very serious: I have not encountered as concise intellectual analysis, demarcation of art and artist in a single, fairly short poem. The exposition is at times almost bone dry, theoretical, and then the text dances away with unexpected imagery and rhythm - a profound, eternal question is asked, answered or half-answered and simultaneously formed as flawless poetry, as art. This is breathtaking, joyous skill fusing form with content: meaning and language polyphonically echo in reader's mind...

4 comments:

Gard E Abrahamsen said...

What? Order in the Conk Republic? Unheard of! And could those pigs please stop flying around, my cats are getting hungry!

stockholm slender said...

Hiya Gard! Hvårdan står de til?? (Using my imaginary Norwegian...) Feeding cats is the highest human resbonsibility: the reason for our existance is that paws can't operate can openers.

Gard E Abrahamsen said...

Kittus, olen hästi. (Is it hästi in Finnish as well, or am I now writing half-Finnish half-Estonian?)

The only problem with the can opening theory, is that the cat food wouldn't be in cans in the first place if it wasn't for humans. So in a theory, opening the can is only a bad attempt to make good something we did wrong earlier. When Boris gets hungry, he pulls the package out of my hands.

They should make a Bollywood movie about feeding cats.

stockholm slender said...

Hästi would be the Estonian way of answering. In Finland, you can casually ask "Hei, miten menee?" (How is it going?) and the answer would often be "Kiitos, hyvin", or "Mitä kuuluu?" (literally: what news) with the usual answer "Kiitos, hyvää", but that is optional, not automatic like in English. Probably in Estonia it is more of a custom as well.

I think cans are a subcreation: cats have created people and people have created cans to make the service easier. That Bollywood idea sounds great - I can picture it in my mind, such colourful, melodramatic scenes!