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The Stranger Day Letter

The Stranger Day Letter 1.28.15 If today were Stranger Day, I would thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for being strangers. I would even dare to say that you all are “my” strangers, who I am proud … Continue reading

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Disquietude

What, dost thou weep? Come nearer. Then I love thee Because thou art a woman, and disclaim’st Flinty mankind, whose eyes do never give But thorough lust and laughter. Pity’s sleeping. Strange times, that weep with laughing, not with weeping! … Continue reading

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MECHANICS

Words toppled on top of words–to assert what? Everything forgotten? Everything started anew? Origin reiterated? I, upholding my faith in you?– But happiness leaves no record in the observable universe. Of love there are only traces and welcome tears. A … Continue reading

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Prolonged

You, ordeal of writing, I prolong by putting off, put off by prolonging. I began once, started off, squared up to the impediments, and like reaching through glass buried my hand into your heart of gold cinders. Poetry was the blood … Continue reading

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Phrase of Promise

An honest phrase embarrasses because it reveals a ghost: the honest one at the time may not recognize himself in his own phrase afterwards, having had more time to go honest, and therefore to negate what last he’d said. Not because he … Continue reading

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Just Listening

When I was in college I became interested in the question of “listening,” in relation to both “religious callings” and “poetic dictation” (“Pneumatology as Listening” was the name of my major). In some authors, listening meant something like tuning in to the … Continue reading

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Beginnings began begun

Some recent readings have led me to some thoughts about “beginning.” The first comes from an untranslated lecture given by Peter Sloterdijk, Zur Welt Kommen – Zur Sprache Kommen (Coming to the World – Coming to Language). My German is not good … Continue reading

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