Badiou: The Poem as Guardian

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…the poem is first and foremost this unique fragment of speech all by itself subtracted from the universal reportage. The poem is a halting point. It stops language in its tracks and prohibits its squandering in the vast commerce that is the world today. Against the obscenity of ‘everything to be seen’ and ‘everything to be said’, the showing, polling, and commenting of everything, the poem is the guardian of the decency of the saying.

 – Alain Badiou,  The Age of the Poets

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