What do we say when we write?

I was watching a fantastic sunrise in Benalmadena when clouds suddenly covered the sun and spoiled the effect. Thinking on this and an essay in Bernstein’s The Politics of Poetic Form, by Jerome Rothenberg on Ethnopoetics, the modification of earlier ideas of primitivism and the need for inclusion, pluralities in poetry (equally in fiction) to shatter reifications in Western literature, led me to consider ways of describing the sunrise.
a) The sun went behind a cloud
b) Clouds covered the sun.
B accurately represents the event in that the sun did not actually go anywhere. The movement of the clouds covered the sun but it was still there, yet a seems to represent the reality of the experience in more accurate fashion, even though it is logically incorrect.
A includes the human experience of loss at the absence of the life giving sun in a way that b does not, thus a is an holistic way of writing, expanding the vision of the rational mechanistic version b. It relates to the poetics of so called primitive cultures whose writings include(d) what is seen, experienced and felt. Such writings include these experiences because they have not fallen prey to the mechanistic paths of rationalism and logic.
Both A and B present an experienced reality but A includes all the potential implications of the loss of the sun, the felt anxiety of its absence and the whole human history of dependence on its return.
This is a language thing, these two statements expose the fullness and failure of words, the unseen, unfelt paradigms of our perspectives. Both statements are accepted in everyday usage but their meanings are very different, one is fuller than the other.
Contained in this difference is the whole argument for a poetics of inclusion, of multiplicity, in which as many ways as possible of looking at experience are presented, within and beyond language itself in order to encompass the literal seen and felt reality as well as the logical explanation.
Only by doing this can we come to some approximation of wholeness in writing, attempt to approach the reality which is our record of the world before the abstract conceptual thinking of which Western civilisations are so enamoured, re-arranges it and reproduces it in selected, language driven form.


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