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the secret of lightness
September 29, 2013, 9:52 pm
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Thirteen years on, a vision for the millennium I think still applies and is worth yearning for:

Were I to choose an auspicious image for the new millennium, I would choose that one: the sudden agile leap of the poet-philosopher who raises himself above the weight of the world, showing that with all his gravity he has the secret of lightness, and that what many consider to be the vitality of the times – noisy, aggressive, revving and roaring – belongs to the realm of death, like a cemetery for rusty cars.

Italo Calvino

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YES!

Comment by Keith Wayne Brown

I just noticed that the figure by Bacon and the poet philosopher that Calvino describes are leaping against gravity – the weight of the world – not unlike the classic image of Shiva. In fact the Bacon figure is nearly a direct copy.

Comment by Peter Rudd

[…] Calvino describes the “agile… poet-philosopher who raises himself above the weight of the world, showing that with all his gravity he has the secret of lightness, and that what many consider to be the vitality of the times – noisy, aggressive, revving and roaring – belongs to the realm of death.” A leader pulls us up to a place of lightness and life. […]

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