Sunday, February 6, 2011

A chain of thought that always leads to Borges

When thinking about modern poetry, especially the writers I most enjoy, the first work that comes to mind is Of Being Numerous by George Oppen. When I think of Oppen, I usually think of Carl Rakosi, too. And when I think of Rakosi, I remember how much I enjoyed Ex Cranium, Night.

Whenever Ex Cranium, Night pops into my head, the first thing I recall is its wonderful story about the time Rakosi met Jorge Luis Borges. But when I think of Borges - and read his work - I usually stop thinking about other writers.

An hour ago, I read Borge's The Book of Sand for a third time. It's available online here. Click on the link and see what you think.

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