Gibbons contends that the apophatic mode in poetry is not an attempt to prove that language is inadequate, instead apophaticism is an imagining by means of the negative or empty or hidden or invisible space or paradoxically opposite points of thought and feeling. He rationalizes that the apophatic poetic image is not a seemingly surreal play with signifiers that would frustrate or thwart or in a way seek to avoid meaning or postpone it. In poetry, the apophatic can be a meaning that is present, represented by what is not present.
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