The idea of writing 'for everyone' flirts with utopianism, but I feel distrust for whoever is a poet for the few, or for himself alone. To write is to transmit; what can you say if the message is coded and no one has the key? You can say that to transmit this particular message, in this specific way, was necessary to the author, but with the rider that it is also useless to the rest of the world.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Flirting with utopianism
Terry Teachout offers up a lovely passage of Primo Levi's: