While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It

While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It How do we react to disaster to political uprising to spectacle With relief missions donations and what words While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It the sec

  • Title: While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It
  • Author: Lytton Smith
  • ISBN: 9781937658113
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • How do we react to disaster, to political uprising, to spectacle With relief missions, donations, and what words While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It, the second book by Lytton Smith, explores the relationship between poetry, news, and the lives of others Poised between Brecht s critique of empathy and Martha Nussbaum s politicsHow do we react to disaster, to political uprising, to spectacle With relief missions, donations, and what words While You Were Approaching the Spectacle But Before You Were Transformed by It, the second book by Lytton Smith, explores the relationship between poetry, news, and the lives of others Poised between Brecht s critique of empathy and Martha Nussbaum s politics of compassion, this powerful collection plays with direct address and personal testimony as it investigates the relationship between ethics and the aesthetic Drawing on sources that range from travel guides, BBC reports, contemporary art exhibitions, and sixteenth century debates about masque, Smith s book offers a range of forms that test the edges of the page, the borders of communication.

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    1. I enjoyed being in this book's company. It did feel a little like a journey, through deserts and mountains, through sounds and silences, through landscapes of close attention and desiring answers to hardly-spoken questions:Here's the last stanza of one of my favorites (one of the most dense to unpack, if you aren't content to go along in the felt-sense of it):"If the owners of the voices unreeling are the seasonal visitors whose coinsthe boy finds in winter, their metal& figurehead his want [...]

    2. "'How did you travel?' the people ask. 'Well,' you reply.""Both looking and participating.""What routes and habits people tread into local history""The internet can be switched off and those outside describe the land as gone dark.""It tragic. It urgent. It""by flagged overlaid maps, by word on the ground on the sapling pages of a guide you kaw-wah-la, you outlander, you foreigner, you implicated and witness, you unavoidable event.""The lost gather at airports, silent as geography. Observing thei [...]

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