Human Universe

Charles Olson Detroit Artists workshop human universe

Human Universe by Charles Olson announcement, AWS press

All that comparison ever does is set up a series of reference points: to compare is to take one thing and try to understand it by marking its similarities to or differences from another thing. Right here is the trouble, that each thing is not so much like or different from another thing (these likenesses and differences are apparent) but that such an analysis only accomplishes a des- cription, does not come to grips with what really matters: that a thing, any thing, impinges on us by a more important fact, its self-existence, without reference to any other thing, in short, the very character of it which calls our attention to it, which
wants us to know more about it, its particularity. –Charles Olson, Human Universe, 1951


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