Poiesis. Oor maaksels en hul wêreld na aanleiding van Versfeld se Pots and Poetry

Ernst Wolff


In this review article the first comprehensive interpretation of Martin Verfeld’s Pots and Poetry is presented. The nature of the
philosopher’s discursive practice is presented with reference to his other work. It is argued that “connection” (of meaning) is the
continuous theme of the nine independent essays. Connection justifies the non-analytic form of reasoning in the book and calls
for comparision between philosophical and poetic writing. Analytic writing is symptomatic of the modernist instrumentalist relation
to reality and the “cannibalist ego”; writing that echoes the carmen universi initiates the therapy consiting of reverberating with
the original cosmic generosity. Versfeld’s attempt at re-connecting the technical and artistic heritage of the Greek poiesis is
examined. Poetic existence is shown to be the essence of a life that gives creative recognition to the original meaningful
interconnection of the world. The cultural critical and political dimensions of such an existence are exposed and submitted to
criticism. Key words: creativity, generosity, Martin Versfeld, meaning.

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