To embrace, finally, what always evades us, what is always beyond, but what is always there

Octavio Paz writes in The Double Flame: 'Eroticism is first and foremost a thirst for otherness. And the supernatural is the supreme otherness.’ This is perhaps the most noble aim of poetry, to attach ourselves to the world around us, to turn desire into love, to embrace, finally, what always evades us, what is always beyond, but what is always there—the unspoken, the spirit, the soul.

—Richard Jackson, from his essay “Eros and the Erotics of Writing,” in Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry , ed. by David Baker and Ann Townsend (Graywolf Press, 2007)

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