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paisley rekdal, nightingale: a gloss 

"poetry, with its suggestion that time and pain can be ordered through language, strains to constrain suffering. it suggests, but rarely achieves, the redress we desire. language does not heal terror, and if it brings us closer to imagining the sufferer's experience, this too does not necessarily make us feel greater compassion but a desire for further sensation...."

paisley rekdal, nightingale: a gloss 

"if we cannot articulate pain beyond inspiring in the listener a need for revenge, we speak only of and to the body."

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