From my poetry prompt today


YOU GUYS. I am feeling all the things.

Here’s Maggie Nelson, in The Argonauts

“Before long I learned that you had spent a lifetime equally devoted to the conviction that words are not good enough. Not only not good enough, but corrosive to all that is good, all that is real, all that is flow…

But I changed too. I looked anew at unnameable things, or at least things whose essence is flicker, flow… I sent you the passage from Roland Barthes… in which Barthes describes how the subject who utters the phrase “I love you” is like “the Argonaut renewing his ship during its voyage without changing its name.” Just as the Argo’s parts may be replaced over time but the boat is still called the Argo, whenever the lover utters the phrase “I love you,” its meaning must be renewed by each use, as “the very task of love and of language is to give to one and the same phrase inflections which will be forever new.”

Here’s the smartest artist I know:

“I’m telling you, but not in words.” H. – 5 years old.

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