Tuesday, July 17, 2012

In Which Sensitive Poets Make You Laugh

I laughed out loud upon reading this during my morning commute. Oh, how I sympathize with this sensitive guy's overstatement about New York City.

"The two elements the traveler first captures in the big city are extrahuman architecture and furious rhythm. Geometry and anguish. At first glance, the rhythm may be confused with gaiety, but when you look more closely at the mechanism of social life and the painful slavery of both men and machines, you see that it is nothing but a kind of typical, empty anguish that makes even crime and gangs forgivable means of escape."

--Federico Garcia Lorca
from "Lecture: A Poet in New York", translated by Christopher Maurer


Garcia Lorca, Self-Portrait in New York, 1929-1932



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