[…] The ancient and eternal values of human life — truth, unity, goodness, justice, beauty, and love — are all statements of true belonging; they are the also the secret intention and dream of human longing. Everything that is alive holds distance within itself. It is the deepest intimacy which is nevertheless infused with infinite distance.
There is some strange sense in which distance and closeness are sisters, the two sides of the one experience. Yet they are always in a dynamic interflow with each other.
“But I’ll be always reading and writing poetry,” he added, “always, always, always.” John Rufo is a graduate of Manlius Pebble Hill in De Witt, NY.
To master the art of being alone — which is perhaps the most challenging and anxiety-producing art of our time — is to acknowledge our longing for connection, for a sense of belonging to something larger than ourselves, and to orient ourselves differently toward that core yearning, to envelop it with more gentleness and less judgment.
“A good deal of the political and economic material in the Cantos is [infamously] wrong-headed,” John Rufo ’16 stated, “but the poetic method and forms are not inherently fascist or anything like that.” Rufo, an English major with a concentration in creative writing, is spending the summer developing an independent Emerson project that examines Pound’s work. La Fevre Professor of English, is advising Rufo on his project, “Reading and Writing Pound: A Creative Investigation of The Cantos,” which he described as “a hybrid that involves writing poetry and analytical academic English scholarship.” The project has two components: reading , along with related primary and secondary scholarly material, and using the resources available in the Rare Book Room, with assistance from Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives Christian Goodwillie. Pound archive, a collection of letters between Pound and his son. Sortes Poundianae, one of his lyric essays, a sub genre of essay writing, combining elements of poetry, essay, memoir, and research writing, was recently published by the online literary journal HTMLGiant.
The journal has also published his review of Steve Bradbury's new translation of Hsia Yü's .
Cut off from others, we atrophy and turn in on ourselves.
The sense of belonging is the natural balance of our lives…
There is some innocent childlike side to the human heart that is always deeply hurt when we are excluded…
When we become isolated, we are prone to being damaged; our minds lose their flexibility and natural kindness; we become vulnerable to fear and negativity.