In the realm of poetry, from Al Filreis and the ModPo folk, I was introduced today to one of many Wallace Stevens poems I’d never heard of, “So-And-So Reclining on Her Couch.” Here’s an excerpt that I found tantalizing (though you may not):
The suspension, as in solid space,
The suspending hand withdrawn, would be
An invisible gesture. Let this be called
Projection B. To get at the thing
Without gestures is to get at it as
Idea. She floats in the contention, the flux
Between the thing as idea and
The idea as thing. She is half who made her.
This is the final Projection C.
Here, Hilton Als explains it all to you, quite brilliantly.
And if the poem still eludes your grasp (rest assured you are not alone), here’s a delightful discussion on “What You Can Do if You Feel Your Reading of a Poem is Wrong” that IMHO, gives each of us as readers permission to respond to the poem however we might wish.
Bonus “Track”: Jean Piaget sitting in his home office, 1979