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The greatest poverty is not to live

In a physical world, to feel that one’s desire

Is too difficult to tell from despair.


Wallace Stevens, “Esthétique du Mal”


“…the habit of photographic seeing—of looking at reality as an array of potential photographs—creates estrangement from, rather than union with, nature. Photographic seeing…turns out to be mainly the practice of a kind of dissociative seeing….”


“A capitalist society requires a culture based on images. It needs to furnish vast amounts of entertainment in order to stimulate buying and anesthetize the injuries of class, race, and sex.”


“The possession of a camera can inspire something akin to lust.”


Susan Sontag, On Photography


Do I contradict myself?

Very well then I contradict myself,


Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”



I shall write this by kerosene,

Pitch a tent in the pasture, and starve.


           James Dickey, “Pursuit from Under”