Monthly Archives: August 2015

Changes in perception

The process of expression, when it is successful, does not merely leave for the reader and the writer himself a kind of reminder, it brings the meaning into existence as a thing at the very heart of the text, it brings it to life in an organism of words, establishing it in the writer or the reader as a new sense organ, opening a new field or a new dimension to our experience.

-Maurice Merleau-Ponty

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Unpacking the thingness of the thing

“What presents itself to us as natural, one may suspect, is merely the familiarity of a long-established habit which has forgotten the unfamiliarity from which it arose.”

-Martin Heidegger, “The Origin of the Work of Art

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Fresh precipice

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
-Soren Kierkegaard 

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The House Was Quiet and the World was Calm

The house was quiet and the world was calm.

The reader became the book; and summer night
Was like the conscious being of the book.

The house was quiet and the world was calm.
The words were spoken as if there was no book,

Except that the reader leaned above the page,
Wanted to lean, wanted much most to be

The scholar to whom his book is true, to whom
The summer night is like a perfection of thought.

The house was quiet because it had to be.
The quiet was part of the meaning, part of the mind:

The access of perfection to the page.
And the world was calm. The truth in a calm world,

In which there is no other meaning, itself
Is calm, itself is summer and night, itself

Is the reader leaning late and reading there.

-Wallace Stevens

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Essay and Poetry Contests 2015-2016

Creative Communications Nationwide Writing Contests

There are three seasonal contests that run through 2016.

Fall deadline is fast approaching…check out the details below

View Contest Info Here

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Whose part do you take?

“Time present and time past / Are both perhaps present in time future / And time future contained in time past. / If all time is eternally present / All time is unredeemable.” 

-T. S. Eliot 

“A work of art redeems time.” 

-William Gaddis

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