September 9 – November 18, 2022
Exploring Silence looks at the collections of the Donohue Rare Book Room with a focus on West Coast poetry. The theme of silence is sometimes explicitly explored, while in other works silent entities speak for themselves, such as in Robinson Jeffers’ Point Lobos poems, paired with the photography of Wolf von dem Bussche. The poems make the unspoken world speak. Some works have been silenced themselves by history. Parmenides’ Fragments notoriously consist of gaps between the fragments. Letting his words speak silently retrieves some of what is lost, and adds new dimensions. The works in the exhibition leave us, the readers, in silence, marveling at how so few words can say so much, and how well-cast words allow the wordless word and the soundless sound to become audible.
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Head of Special Collections & University Archives