LANGUAGE COMES FROM THE BODY

Language comes from the body. When babies learn language, they make movements, as if they are taking the words into their body, making them their own (there are films of this). Poets are in the business of the “word made flesh.” Abstraction tries to escape the body, and succeeds in the highly jargonized writing of academics; but the origin of the abstraction has to be embodied to be truly known. Poets have a job to do.


Here’s a short reading:


https://connectingpoint.nepm.org/national-poetry-month-doug-andersons-night-ambush-digital-exclusive/




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