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Blogging, Like All Types Of Communication, Helps Mitigate Our Isolation

Blogging is a form of a communication that helps mitigate the isolation inherent to being one individual in a world of many individuals. I think this is true even for people who have good lives with many friends and family. 

This is what communication is all about—Finding connection, expressing your views, conveying that you have something of value to share with others. Blogging is new, but it is about what are some of the most basic and oldest impulses.

There are many good ways to communicate with others. People should communicate in the way that works best for themselves. 

Here is a poem by the late George Oppen  (Who will be the subject of a future post on Texas Liberal) that, in a roundabout way, relates to this subject. It’s one part of a larger poem called Of Being Numerous—–

Obsessed, bewildered,

By the shipwreck

Of the singular

We have chosen the meaning

Of being numerous.

Here is a poem I wrote on somewhat the same subject. It’s called Tightrope

The mob on the one side 

The few on the other side,

I’ll take my chances

With the Niagara below.

The picture above shows the entire course of the Niagara River.

Here is a link to Fort Niagara State Park where my wife and I once spent a great summer’s day.     

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November 2, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Poetry | , , , , , ,


  1. I’m glad to see both the Buffalo/Niagara region and George Oppen get some mention in TexasLiberal. Having studied poetry and poetics at University at Buffalo for several years, the two will be forever linked for me.

    Two contemporary books of poetry you might find interesting:

    Susan Briante: “Pioneers in the Study of Motion.”

    Juliana Spahr: “This Connection of Everyone with Lungs.”

    Comment by Jeff | November 5, 2007

  2. Thank you for this excellent comment and it is good to see you with a comment again on the blog. I will see what these books are.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | November 5, 2007

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