12 April, 2010

Poets Alphabet by Mark Strand.

F is for fashion, literary fashion, which marks the writing of a period or an age, and which is virtually inescapable, as inescapable as its sister Death. Even originality will be only what a period accepts as original, which means that it has been anticipated to a certain extent by what it desires to separate itself from. There is no way around it. And if we believe we are oblivious to a contemporary style, we are only more likely to embody its standards. And if we think to distance ourselves from current fashion by finding another fashion from which to fashion ourselves, chances are it will be the one that current fashion predicted we'd pick.

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