22 January 2010

necessities.


Emotion is perhaps necessary for art, but art is not primarily emotional. The emotion modifies the art in the way light modifies for a camera; it illuminates, intensifies, even distorts. But it is not light that is intensified or illuminated or distorted. It is the object.

- Williard E. Arnett, Poetry and Science (reading assignment from my American Writing and Science class)