A Poet Reflects

“For in the immediate world, everything is to be discerned, for him who can discern it, and central and simply, without either dissection into science, or digestion into art, but with the whole of consciousness, seeking to perceive it as it stands: so that the aspect of a street in sunlight can roar in the heart of itself as a symphony, perhaps as no symphony can: and all of consciousness is shifted from the imagined, the revisive, to the effort to perceive simply the cruel radiation of what is.” 
—James Agee, from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families (Houghton Mifflin, 1941)

“For in the immediate world, everything is to be discerned, for him who can discern it, and central and simply, without either dissection into science, or digestion into art, but with the whole of consciousness, seeking to perceive it as it stands: so that the aspect of a street in sunlight can roar in the heart of itself as a symphony, perhaps as no symphony can: and all of consciousness is shifted from the imagined, the revisive, to the effort to perceive simply the cruel radiation of what is.” 

—James Agee, from Let Us Now Praise Famous Men: Three Tenant Families (Houghton Mifflin, 1941)


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  5. stoicmike said: The part I remember most is when he tries to catch up on a black couple on the road to talk to them, and they start running away from him.
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