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  • Author:agent Jill Jones
Issue Details: First known date: 2019... 2019 'An Arrangement in a System to Pointing' : Doing Things with Things
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'This essay points to ways that three writers, Gertrude Stein, Inger Christensen and Frank O’Hara, have written about or towards objects or things. Of course, poems themselves are things and to some extent I will deal with this as well. But, mostly, I will consider how these poets:

resist, rethink or refresh materiality, representation and signification, as especially seen in Stein or trace materiality – as particularly seen in Christensen – through objects as systems of objects or locate things/objects as affinities within the present and social, as O’Hara does

'I offer these thoughts as simply small points of contact in thinking about these much- studied writers.' (Publication abstract)

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    y separately published work icon Axon : Creative Explorations Inhabiting Language vol. 9 no. 1 May 2019 16849694 2019 periodical issue

    'When discussing metaphors of inhabitation and dwelling and their relationship to language, Heidegger’s enigmatic claim in his ‘Letter on Humanism’ (1946), comes to mind: 

    'Language is the house of being. In its home human beings dwell. Those who think and those who create with words are the guardians of this home. (239)

    'This statement highlights an important connection between language and being, but also asks questions about the accommodation of utterance and its properties. For Heidegger, the way we occupy language assists us in belonging. Furthermore, in his reflections on thinking, Heidegger argues that poetic language is crucial to ways of being in its ability to illuminate thinking and offer wisdom:

    'I shall mention poetry now only in passing. It is confronted by the same question, and in the same manner, as thinking. But Aristotle's words in the Poetics, although they have scarcely been pondered, are still valid – that poetizing is truer than the exploration of beings. (275)' (Editorial introduction)

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