By T.R. Hummer
In Available Surfaces , T. R. Hummer explores the paintings of constructing either poetry and song, and of the idea that of "making" itself. He attracts on early life studies and reports as an grownup, as a poet, and as an explorer of unworldly areas to envision that "something ineffable concerning the strategy of making of which the poem is the exemplary artifact."
Hummer grew up within the deep South, and spent a lot of his highschool years enjoying saxophone in numerous rock and roll bands prior to he met poetry. This musical impact is noticeable in his paintings: he usually discusses poetry including tune, or track with poetry, and his profession has integrated either writing and performance.
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We will never understand the cultures we travel to study, Lévi-Strauss argues, because the presence of the anthropologist alters, perhaps destroys, the very culture he or she has come to study. ” The “prayer” that concludes the poem is a doomed one, a prayer of the failure of vision. . now I know That twenty centuries of stony sleep Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle, And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born? 35 He knows, yes; and as far as we can tell, at the end of the poem he is still up in the sky somewhere, watching.
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