Sunday, September 4, 2011

David Ignatow

From poet David Ignatow:

I should be content
to look at a mountain
for what it is
and not as a comment
on my life.

I love how Ignatow implicates himself, at once criticizing some of art's ego-driven grasping at meaning while hinting at his own inability to separate himself from the mountain (or the act of looking at a mountain). Even with the physicality of the stanza, the pure act of enjoying nature is compromised--here is the product for us to read. Presumably written after looking at a mountain, Ignatow realized something about himself by realizing that he should be able to leave himself behind and cannot. I love how concise the stanza is, expressing a complicated cerebral moment with much to unpack about the modern self, art, and the world.

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