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The Imaginal and the Poetic
A dilatory exchange with David Armstrong
Another interview conducted by the studious (but mercurial) David Armstrong, for his Substack page A Perennial Digression. This time around we discuss poetry, classical and modern, the arts in general, and a few topics in passing (such as baseball). I believe I may have broken my own record for incomplete and fractured sentences in this interview. In certain states of mind, when my thoughts flow more spasmodically than continuously, I become a master of anacoluthia, a condition that my guru Roland calls “discursive stravaging.”
I believe I may have at one point called Persephone (or, really, Proserpina) “Eurydice” when we were discussing Ovid’s genius in depicting the innocence of a victim of violence. This is a slip for which there is no forgiveness, in this age at any rate.