[Humanist] 27.525 the poetry of failure

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Nov 12 09:32:56 CET 2013


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 525.
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        Date: Mon, 11 Nov 2013 09:15:07 -0500
        From: Francois Lachance <lachance at chass.utoronto.ca>
        Subject: Solution Seeking and Failure
        In-Reply-To: <20131107064907.0C1C07681 at digitalhumanities.org>

Willard,

Often I have read a thread or two on Humanist about the importance of 
failure for the research enterprise. And so the following line from a poem 
by Charles Simic resonates:

<quote>
At some point my need for a solution was replaced by the poetry of my 
continuous failure.
</quote>

The line is from "Chessboard of the Soul" in <i>Dime-Store Alchemy: The 
Art of Joseph Cornell</i>

Francois Lachance, Scholar-at-large
http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance





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