Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Colette Gaudin translating Gaston Bachelard
It is the pen which dreams.

Bachelard's philosophy...focuses on the linguistic experience that reveal, in being, an irresistible movement toward well-being. His work is unified by the desire to demonstrate the integrating force of the imagination, and it evolves into a cosmotherapy rather than an ontology. To be sure, imaginary life is not random...

The more reverie expands to the dimensions of the cosmos, the more the limits between the world and the subject become blurred...as a result we're left with the unresolved question: "who speaks, the dreamer or the world?"...the subject he reintroduces in his description of the poetic experience is a subject that discover and rediscover itself in the poetic instant as a "minimum of being." This rarefied cogito breathes at the center of a solitary wisdom bordering on mysticism.

We could say that an image really imagined is also an image that contains a truth about human reality. Such an image, by expanding the subject, is necessarily a source of happiness.

His books offer lessons for working, reading, breathing, and dreaming well, all of which constitute an art of living poetically. The Bachelardian reverie, far from being a complacent drifting of the self, is a discipline acquired through long hours of reading and writing, and through a constant practice of "surveillance de soi." Images reveal nothing to the lazy dreamer.

The meditation of the solitary dreamer: all metaphors become the equivalent of the flame-life he is contemplating.

The thinker in the world, the one who teaches, reads poets, and writes books: the task is to show us how to read the complex syntax of symbols.

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