Geoff Dyer's review of Alex Ross's marvelous The Rest is Noise is now available online. We couldn't help but approvingly note his closing paragraph:
It would be unfair, though, to dwell on omissions when so much has been included. “The Rest Is Noise” is a great achievement. Rilke once wrote of how he learned to stand “more seeingly” in front of certain paintings. Ross enables us to listen more hearingly.
We've always loved this Rilke poem and that line in particular, although Dyer seems to be working from either a different translation or faulty memory. We reproduce this gem, "Moving Forward," for you here, as translated by Robert Bly:
The deep parts of my life pour onward,
as if the river shores were opening out.
It seems that things are more like me now,
that I can see farther into paintings.
I feel closer to what language can't reach.
With my senses, as with the birds, I climb
into the windy heaven, out of the oak,
and in the ponds broken off from the sky
my feeling sinks, as if standing on fishes.