From Chaos and Cry


A compelling post from Desperado Philosophy looks at the question of poetic language and poetry’s place in our day.

Desperado Philosophy

This past week, we have been mulling a question asked way back in the 1970s by Hans-Georg Gadamer, a question that still hangs heavily in the air above our heads all these years later: Are the Poets Falling Silent? With Gadamer, each word always carries its own complex ring; the meanings of “falling” and “silent” are not what they first appear to be.

Below, we share excerpts from a text that is rather difficult to find online, yet one that would enliven the library of anyone who seeks inspiration within that vivid liminal zone where poetry and philosophy become one breathing creature.  The poem, closely read by Gadamer within the essay, is from the pen of Gottfried Benn.

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On Responsibility


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Pattern Which Connects, Finding Community


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Taking a breath…


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Conclusions


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Staying in the Drama…


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Disappointment


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