“More Light” / Lawrence Ferlinghetti … “Images appear and disappear in poetry and painting, out of a dark void and into it again…”

from “More Light,” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, at Poetry Foundation – an essay on the connections between poetry and art

“All I wanted to do was paint sunlight on the side of a house,” said Edward Hopper (or words to that effect), and there have been legions of poets and filmmakers obsessed with light. I would side with the irrational visionary romantic who says light came first, and darkness but a fleeting shadow to be swept away with more light. (“More light!” cried the great poet, dying.) Poets and painters are the natural bearers of it, and all I ever wanted to do was paint light on the walls of life.

I never wanted to be a poet. It chose me, I didn’t choose it. One becomes a poet almost against one’s will, certainly against one’s better judgment. I wanted to be a painter but from the age of ten onward these damn poems kept coming. Perhaps one of these days they will leave me alone and I can get back to painting.

Lovers in War #1 by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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Images appear and disappear in poetry and painting, out of a dark void and into it again, messengers of light and rain, raising their bright flickered lamps and vanishing in an instant. Yet they can be glimpsed long enough to save them as shadows on a wall in Plato’s cave.

Read the entire essay here.

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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on July 15, 2012.

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