Friday, April 17, 2009

"Ours is a comic vocation."

From Ben Belitt's "Adam's Dream: A Preface to Translation":

"In the realm of epistemological discourse, poems exist in order to invite and release inexhaustible probability...But where provisionality abounds (I sound like St. Paul talking about grace!), the determinations should also abound, or remain suspended and multiple. One is merely faith-full: as faithful as one can be under circumstances which don't moralize as well as say, dogma, does. The operative word is faith, not fidelity" (38)

"'To ask with infinite interest about a reality that is not ones' own,' Kierkgaard said somewhere, ' is faith'"(53)

"Ours is a comic vocation." (96)

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