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July 15, 2009

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What a strange and wonderful place, the cemetery. I'd never heard of it. And a haunting lovely poem too. Thank you.

That's a beautiful photo you took in Pere Lachaise. Does this meditation alter your understanding of that mysterious line of W. Stevens: "Death is the mother of beauty"?

Thanks for the kind remarks, David and Stacey. I love Stevens' "Sunday Morning", but the poem on this topic that speaks to me most is Rilke's first Duino Elegy: "For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror, which we are still just able to endure / and we are so awed because it serenely disdains to annihilate us." That sense of awe, for me, is the impulse behind art. I felt that same mix of intense aesthetic pleasure and fear in Pere Lachaise. I think Stevens is pointing to the fact that despite our desire for it, there is no "imperishable bliss", only a fleeting sense of joy, and such is a given life. Death, by providing the door through which beauty comes and goes, is both a looming horror and a solace.

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