Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Frederick Turner's Doors of Perception

The current issue (Winter 2013) of American Arts Quarterly has a fascinating essay by poet and literary scholar Fred Turner on how we perceive the unknown. Read it here

Turner begins by describing a trip to the Galapagos Islands, where "the silence roared in one's ears" and "even the camera was confused." He continues by quoting Wittgenstein, Joseph Conrad, and Melville on the challenge of naming the unnameable. Frederick Turner (born 1943 in England) is an American poet and academic. He is the author of two full-length epic science fiction poems, The New World and Genesis; several books of poetry; and a number of scholarly works. He is currently Founders Professor of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas.

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