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For the hard of hearing you shout; for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures.

Flannery O'Connor


It says there is an absolute grotesque. 

There is a nature that is grotesque within 

The boulevards of the generals. Why should 

We say that it is man's interior world 

Or seeing the spent, unconscious shapes of night, 

Pretend they are shapes of another consciousness? 

The grotesque is not a visitation. It is 

Not apparition but appearance, part 

Of that simplified geography, in which 

The sun comes up like news from Africa. 

Wallace Stevens, "A Word with Jose Rodriguez-Feo"


Dedicated to the late Dr. James Gottshall, English Department,  St. Cloud State University

Created and maintained by David Lavery