I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

I think carver was the first one who managed to get a WTF look out of me. Black on white I mean. In real life it is easier find that sensation. But in a book? A real book? Published by a respectable company and all?

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

    Opinions / Science / Theory of Relative Ignorance  
 

..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

    Art & Culture / Music / Blues / Robert Johnson  

Raymond carver – carving in our flesh

It ought to make us feel ashamed when we talk like we know what we're talking about when we talk about love."
 

I think carver was the first one who managed to get a WTF look out of me. Black on white I mean. In real life it is easier find that sensation. But in a book? A real book? Published by a respectable company and all?

It was just too strange. I didn’t know how to eat it. And it left a strange taste in my mouth. All I knew was that the only thing to do is quickly turn the book to its back cover and see what other books this craver guy published.

 

Dreams, you know, are what you wake up from."

 

Raymond carver is special. Like in 'special Ed.'. He says things that a grownup shouldn’t be saying in public. Not Bukowski style swearwords, not decadent deviancy like boroughs threw up on us, not even the disturbing stories like Nabukov, carver was just telling it as it is.
Who does that? And in a book? A serious book?

 
Honey, no offense, but sometimes I think I could shoot you and watch you kick."
 

That was a revelation to me. You don’t need to shout. You don’t need to rant with a needle up your arm, you don’t even need to be an exhibitionist , you just need to tell it as it is, and as pure as it goes, and it works. It just works.

 

It's possible, in a poem or short story, to write about commonplace things and objects using commonplace but precise language, and to endow those things—a chair, a window curtain, a fork, a stone, a woman's earring—with immense, even startling power."

 

Carver, like most great artists had the annoying trait of making everything look so effortless, so flowing, like he was just dictating his thoughts as a they appeared in his mind. We are completely oblivious to the ant work of word weaving that is going on in the background, that endless search for the perfect phrasing, the perfect set of words that will vibrate inside the reader for the rest of his life. I know it is there. It has to be. There is no other way to get that kind of deliberate reader reaction, it is planned, it is masterful, it is a genius at work.

 
That's all we have, finally, the words, and they had better be the right ones."
 
My favorite carver book is, not surprisingly "what we talk about when we talk about love" which in the title itself is giving you the full description of carver and his work. Grammatically it is a complete waste of words, the answer is "love". Obviously. Unless…. And here comes the Carverism of it all. Unless we are talking about something else, unless no one really knows what love is, unless we know what love really is and don’t want to talk about it, unless the talking is more important than the love itself, unless….
 
All of us, all of us, all of us trying to save our immortal souls, some ways seemingly more round about and mysterious than others. We are having a good time here. But hope all will be revealed soon."
 
Raymond carver is a gem in the literary world. You don’t have to like him, but you do have to read him. Just to get an insight into human behavior, from a point of view that is harder and harder to find. The poetics of the unsaid, the genius of the overstanding of this world.
 
What good are insights?
They only make things worse."