[lit-ideas] Re: poem

  • From: Torgeir Fjeld <torgeir_fjeld@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2010 22:00:33 +0000 (GMT)

Thanks for sharing, Michael. Two threads emerge:

1. The Derridean turn:
"Derrida begins with a deconstruction of the name “Francis Ponge,” displacing 
Francis Ponge as the proper name of a man with “Francis Ponge” as the thingness 
of the name. His is an adequate strategy, because, as Higgins points out, “the 
pleasurable awareness of the thing as a thing is a re-awakening to the relation 
between it and the word" (http://bit.ly/dnou65)

It reminds (us) that one could call on a carnival dressed as oneself so that 
one would not arrive as oneself but as someone else posing as oneself. 
Returning to the thing its thingness liberates it from its naturalized relation 
to language -- trees are humiliated, but also made aware of their own material 
as language: trees are composed of parts that are animated and not animated -- 
by whom? Language itself?

"The Church has decided", "The Committee has reached a resolution", "The people 
has made it clear by the ballott box" -- or even "I, the truth, speaks" (Lacan) 
-- it is language that takes over. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTDafjfxu5c)

2. Poet Tor Ulven wrote about breadcrumbs and rocks. 

We descend from rocks
And return to them.

A circle, open, like the 
pelvis. A scream
strikes the bow separating
morning from evening.

When the sun is low,
one can observe the 
of dead people's smile
in certain rocks.


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