singer and song

In considering how, in John of the Cross,
the poem is coordinated with its prose commentary…

I focus on the relations between…
the opening of a space to beauty…
and a suffering of history.

[On] the contrast between…
the Spiritual Canticles
and the site of their birth, the dungeon…
in which John of the Cross was placed in solitary confinement.

Between the glorious body that is the poem [itself]
and the suffering body of the prisoner [writing it].

–  Michel de Certeau, “The Poem and its Prose”

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