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For the Love of Thought

Confusion in contemporary discourse about thinking: we ‘think too much’. Inclination to turn off the mind, escape. Importance of distinguishing distraction from meditation, annihilation of mind from clarification of mind. Krishnamurti: cessation of imagistic thought leads to awakening of intelligence. … Continue reading

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Staying Alive (Michel Houellebecq)

STAYING ALIVE by Michel Houellebecq FIRST, SUFFERING “The universe screams. The concrete shows the violence with which it was hit like a wall. The concrete cries. The grass groans under the animal teeth: And Man? What can we say of … Continue reading

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Sparrow’s Grace (poem)

SPARROW’S GRACE for Edith and Nancy (from 2008, reedited) I. They’ve got me roped by my little hand. They’re leading me through the big warehouse. They’re slipping my hand in a white loop. They’re tethering me to everyone in a … Continue reading

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After-Thoughts

A silent, meditative word is a word rich in after-thoughts but which minimizes its degree of getting caught in merely discursive formations. A unilateral understanding of the relation between silence and thought-languages* allows a use of the latter which both … Continue reading

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Creative Absurdity (Houellebecq)

[Translation of “L’absurdité créatrice”*, p. 71-81 in Michel Houellebecq, Interventions 2: traces (Paris, Flammarion: 2009), by Timothy Lavenz (2019)] Structure of Poetic Language satisfies the criteria of seriousness for the university; this is not necessarily a criticism. John Cohen observes … Continue reading

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Transitoriness (Freud)

Transitoriness (by Sigmund Freud) Original German: Vergänglichkeit Some time ago, in the company of a taciturn friend and an already reputable and well-known young poet, I took a stroll through a thriving summer landscape. The poet admired the natural beauty … Continue reading

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SEA’S WEIGHT (poems)

Please follow this link to access my poetry chapbook: Sea’s Weight by Timothy Lavenz. All poems composed and copyrighted by Timothy Lavenz, 2018. Please share, reprint, or graffiti these poems in the world however you see fit. My thanks go … Continue reading

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