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Over familiarity
« on: March 22, 2008, 09:14:08 AM »

Just a thought after seeing a critique question, does over familiarity take from our photographic vision and how much does seeing things "a new" make a difference?
We all walk past whats on our door step because we have seen it so often before yet a tourist is in awe. So the question begs do we keep our visions fresh...even on our door step?

 We have tested and tasted too much, lover-
Through a chink too wide there comes in no wonder.
But here in the Advent-darkened room
Where the dry black bread and the sugarless tea
Of penance will charm back the luxury
Of a child's soul, we'll return to Doom
The knowledge we stole but could not use.

And the newness that was in every stale thing
When we looked at it as children: the spirit-shocking
Wonder in a black slanting Ulster hill
Or the prophetic astonishment in the tedious talking
Of an old fool will awake for us and bring
You and me to the yard gate to watch the whins
And the bog-holes, cart-tracks, old stables where Time begins.

extract from Patrick Kavanagh's Advent
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