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By Adam Sol

A blinding and exhilarating new number of poetry from an award-winning Canadian poet. For enthusiasts of Ken Babstock, A.F. Moritz, and Karen Solie.

Award-winning poet Adam Sol's fourth assortment is a meditation on complicity. through turns intimate and lyrical, experimental and outlandish, the gathering focuses us on how we can't get away the troubling buildings that be sure our lives. How will we determine ourselves with groups - nationwide, cultural, or neighborhood - whereas conscious of the violence which underlies their preparations? How can we pursue love after we know the way fraught and imbalanced gender politics is? How will we proceed to price artwork regardless of the present rhetoric that considers it a marginal discourse? The poems are humorous, allusive, off-kilter, and sonically wealthy, whereas crucially interrogating, lit with, the modern ethos.

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Aristotle is here conceding that a radically anti-Socratic plot would indeed "pollute" us; but he insists that good tragedies do not do so, since the sufferer does in fact deserve his suffering to some degree. Without a calamity that is to some degree ««merited, Aristotle concedes, there can be no true tragedy. Pity, what we feel when we witness suffering beyond the victim's deserts, is an absolute necessity. The formula he recommends is a mixture of justice and injustice. So long as there is some palpable justice, we need not be so concerned about a Socratic's pleasure at a non-Socratic play.

This may mean that the person who set up the altar had it inscribed, "To Friendship," and made clear that he meant Plato's "Friendship"—that is, the love celebrated by Plato and fostered among his students. " Aristotle hedges, just a little. When he attempts to state in a single hexameter the most admirable and typical lesson to be learned from Plato's life and works, he gives a succinct statement of Socratism, that a man are listed by Chroust, Aristotle, 1:387, n. 29. It is possible, as several people have noted, that the remark was invented to defend Aristotle against a charge of cowardice.

But beyond that, Socratism is in fact at odds with the poetic tradition in general and tragedy in particular. "1 1 On the difficulty of recovering knowledge of the historical Socrates, see A. R. Lacey, "Our Knowledge of Socrates," in The Philosophy of Socrates, ed. , 1971), 22—49, where further bibliography will be found. C. Guthrie, A History of Greek Philosophy (Cambridge, 1969), 3:323-507, and Laszlo Versenyi, Socratic Humanism (New Haven, 1963), 177—84. Cf. also Jaeger, quoted in Chapter 22, n.

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