Negative Space

Negative space always stirs for me a recollection of the “Negative Capability Letter” of John Keats, wherein he identifies the qualities of genius that distinguishes a writer like Shakespeare from the rest, namely his being “capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” It is easy to overlook … Continue reading “Negative Space”

Negitive Capability

AziMuth Last week in a post on practice, I sketched the simple pragmatist approach to action which I found scattered through the notebooks of the poet Charles Olson: thought, belief, action.  In Olson’s poetics, the poem flowed onto the page from a place of certainty, but certainty defined with one caveat: negative capability. In a … Continue reading “Negitive Capability”