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Reflections and Shadows
Teju Cole: "More than the work itself, its form, its genre, its existence in tangible form, what interests me is the secret channel that connects the work to other work. Tarkovsky calls it 'poetry,' this link that allows different kinds of excellence to understand one another , , ,
Nothing that remains solely within its genre succeeds as poetry. When I make a work, no matter how small, no matter how doomed to forgotten, only its poetic possibility interests me, those moments in which it escapes into some new being. If everything else succeeds but the poetry fails, then everything has failed. Poetry is precisely that which can be translated in higher (or perhaps I mean inarticulable) realms. When one encounters these diverse forms of poetry, there is a certainty that they are mystically related to one another: everything is there, everything . . ."