Tuesday, December 02, 2008

more Charlie Baxter

"An insistence on memory-as-trauma, however, demonizes the entire realm of remembrance - it demonizes, I would say, one's entire foundation of experience in the past...But when not traumatized, the action of memory on our present life may be closest to the feeling that rhyme creates, not full rhyme, but half rhyme, assonance, slant rhyme...Memory does not have to attach itself to its replica in our present moments. It can be oblique, sidling, scary and luminous in its distant relatedness to us...To claim that all memory is demonized and traumatic is to count oneself among the the permanently damned.
Paradise is less plausible than Hell, but is it surely no less real."

Charles Baxter, "Rhyming Action" in Burning Down The House, 1997.

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At 4:05 AM, Blogger Carol Peters said...

Yes, a favorite quote . . .

 

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