Jonathan Simons

Latest Sparks

Film

The Long Day Closes
Directed by Terence Davies

 

Books

The Denial of Death
Ernest Becker

 

Poetry

Leaves of Grass
Walt Whitman

Quote of the Day

“Although a poet, like any other artist, expresses the nature of human feeling, his expression is not symptomatic of a private sensation of pain or joy as is claimed by modern positivists who fail to distinguish between expression and description. Rather, the poet’s expression is the formulation of his knowledge of sensuous, mental, and emotional life, and it is this knowledge he presents for our contemplation. This at once determines the direction of our thought: the outward image becomes the symbol for an inward process, not its explanation.”

– Herbert V. Günther