the rigorous m

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gluck and blank space

Posted by rigorousm on December 1, 2014

As a reader, consequently as a writer, I am partial to most forms of voluntary silence. I love what is implicit or present in outline, that which summons (as opposed to imposes) thought. I love white space, love the telling omission, love lacunae, and find oddly depressing that which seems to have left out nothing. … like a thoroughly cleaned room, [completist poetry] paralyzes activity.

— Louise Gluck, “On George Oppen.”


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