Monday, June 09, 2008

Dept. of Whoa

“If there’s anything that I think I generically aim for in lyric poetry, it’s a kind of failure, in the sense of aiming negatively, not to hear one’s voice return to one’s self.

But hearing Thom read I think reminded me as well just how beautiful it can be, if not exhilarating, to recognize one’s voice in the voice of another, while recognizing that one’s voice is not one’s own.”

--Rob Halpern, speaking at the George Oppen Centennial Celebration
Buffalo, NY 4/23/08

1 comment:

rodney k said...

Response to recent alert of ambiguity: This is a "Whoa" of sincere approbation. An approbatory Whoa.