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I’m haunted a little this evening by feelings that have no vocabulary and events that should be explained in dimensions of lint rather than words. I’ve been examining half-scraps of my childhood. They are pieces of distant life that have … Continue reading

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And I’m scared to move, scared to pronounce each new word, scared to meet a new person–what if it’s they who turn out to be the forgotten code, that password ciphered in movements and sounds, which would detonate my weapon. … Continue reading

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Words change depending on who speaks them; there is no cure. from The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

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If water is desire, connectivity, the possibility of current, language itself, what happens when the water is emptied out, when nothing is left but the basin of retrieval, the properties of the body and the memory of matter, addressed? from The … Continue reading

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…the lover’s discourse is today of an extreme solitude. This discourse is spoken, perhaps, by thousands of subjects (who knows?), but warranted by no one… from A Lover’s Discourse by Roland Barthes (trans. Richard Howard)

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And while the ice was melting to form a flood in which I threatened to drown I awoke one afternoon to find that my first northern winter had set. Excerpt from Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

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So many words get lost. They leave the mouth and lose their courage, wandering aimlessly until they are swept into the gutter like dead leaves. On rainy days, you can hear their chorus rushing past: IwasabeautifulgirlPleasedon’tgoItoobelievemybodyismadeofglass I’veneverlovedanyoneIthinkofmyselfasfunnyForgiveme… Excerpt from The History … Continue reading

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