|Published online: November 7, 2014||$US5.00|
Unlike Aristotle and Heidegger who extract their concept of poetry as making/constructing/imitating from the etymology of the word poetry in Greek language, I follow Bringhurst’s philosophical trajectory and conceptualize poetry with regard to the ideogram of the word poetry in Chinese. Poetry thus becomes “Mundane” whose main characteristics are its abundance and vital rhythms. Lyrical art, respectively, becomes the collective in-tension of cohabiting with Mundane in the same house or “eco.” Such cohabiting is equivalent of dancing in tune with Mundane. As our societies are being more removed from Mundane, they are less in touch with its abundance and rhythms and are more used to synthetic practices of nourishment. Therefore they are becoming less vital with regard to social cohesion and integrity. In a lyrical co-breathing with philosophers-poets Zwicky and Irigary, I call for cultivating a vital breath, not willed by the imposed technological rules of separation, which can potentially stitch us back with Mundane together in integral sociopolitical ways.
|Keywords:||Poetry and Ecology, Mundane, Social Cohesion and Integrity|
The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 8, Issue 3, November 2014, pp.29-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 557.629KB)).
PhD Candidate, Center for Cross Faculty Inquiry, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada