On Stale Debate

“… The philosophical debate about the problem of language’s ultimate accuracy and ability to express meaning has become old and stale, as old and stale as the existential lament about trying to find meaning in a meaningless world.  If such is the case, and it probably is and always has been, so be it; let the poet still make the best of his or her medium (and the non-poet for that matter the best of life).  Rather than whining or torturing him or herself, or at least going through the motions of self-torture about language, let the poet write confidently, as confidently as possible, knowing that it will always be hard anyway to write clearly and meaningfully….”

“Our Task”