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