Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Time Memory Dreams and Poetry


There is no present in a dream, and no presence. What is a dream if not the experience of memory itself? Not of things remembered--not the stuff of dreams, which are but the playthings of memory and not what constitutes memory itself. The felt substantiality of a dream belongs then to the substance of memory, of past, and not of anything remembered. In dreams things remembered have no substance but only the borrowed susbstance of memory. We are not present in our dreams but past presence, past tense, bathed in the substance of memory.

A poem is memory actualized as presence.

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