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Friday, October 27, 2006

Blurring the Boundaries - Raymond Carver

Listen to this, from Tess Gallagher’s introduction to A New Path to the Waterfall by Raymond Carver:

“Ray’s new poems blurred the boundaries between poems and story, just as his stories had often taken strength from dramatic and poetic strategies. Ray had so collapsed the distance between his language and thought that the resulting transparency of method allowed distinctions between genres to dissolve without violence or a feeling of trespass. The story given as poem could unwind without having to intend towards intensities of phrasing or language that might have impeded the force of the story itself, yet the story could pull at the attention of the reader in another way for having been conceived as poetry.”

Blurring the boundaries. It is my life’s work.

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