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luthienne · 5 months ago
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Mary Ruefle, from Trances of the Blast; “Abdication”
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elizabethanism · 5 months ago
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“Of course, not everything is unsayable in words, only the living truth.”
― Eugène Ionesco, Fragments of a Journal
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weltinnenraum · 11 months ago
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In the gap between what one wants to say (or what one perceives there is to say) and what one can say (what is sayable), words provide for a collaboration and a desertion. We delight in our sensuous involvement with the materials of language, we long to join words to the world--to close the gap between ourselves and things--and we suffer from doubt and anxiety because of our inability to do so. Yet the incapacity of language to match the world permits us to distinguish our ideas and ourselves from the world and things in it from each other. The undifferentiated is one mass, the differentiated is multiple. The (unimaginable) complete text, the text that contains everything, would in fact be a closed text. It would be insufferable.
Lyn Hejinian, The Rejection of Closure
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irwonder · 2 years ago
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It is not the unsayable but the sayable that constitutes that problem philosophy must at each turn confront again. The unsayable is in fact nothing else than a presupposition of language. As soon as there is language, the named thing is presupposed as the nonlinguistic or the unrelated in which language has established its relation. The presupposing power is so strong that we imagine the non-linguistic as something unsayable and unrelated, which we somehow try to grasp, as such, without realizing that in this way we are simply trying to grasp the shadow of language. In this sense, the unsayable is a genuinely linguistic category, which can be conceived only by a speaking being. That is why, in a letter to Martin Buber of July 1916, Walter Benjamin could speak of a 'crystalline elimination of the unsayable in language': the unsayable does not take place outside of language as something obscure that is presupposed, but, as such, it can be eliminated only in language.
Giorgio Agamben, What Is Philosophy?
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memoryslandscape · 2 years ago
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“If poets are the keepers of the unsayable, then silence, not language, is a poet’s natural element, the realm where the unsayable lives. Poets fetishize silence as much as words; they are disturbed and comforted by the sounds that interrupt it. This is what John Keats means by Negative Capability, his notion of a poet’s basic qualification, the need for ‘being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason.’ This a fancy way of describing ambivalence, also a basic qualification fro a poet, the ability to passionately hold two opposing feelings at once. Poets need ambivalence in order to acknowledge the unsayable and speak nonetheless. The hidden subject of all poems is the silence that surrounds them, the things that can’t be, that will never be said; a real poem points to everything beyond it.”
Craig Morgan Teicher, from “Ars Poetica: Origin Stories,” The American Poetry Review (vol. 47, no. 5, September/October 2018)
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beguines · 2 months ago
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"Love," like "fire" and "falling," is a placeholder for the unsayable. The unsayable marked my body, my dreams, and my language with indecipherable codes—alphabets of the night, letters written in vanishing ink.
Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma
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sluttyfranzkafka · 8 months ago
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I know all of you know Achilles Come Down from front to back but how many have listened to the rest of the album cause it slaps.
The way the instrumental Le Réel turns into The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows...
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luthienne · 5 months ago
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Something is missing from me. And I can't. I can't.
Mahmoud Darwish, from Memory for Forgetfulness: August, Beirut, 1982 (tr. Ibrahim Muhawi)
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rgxsingh · 4 years ago
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ਆਖ਼ਰ ਕੀ ਹੈ ਇਹ ਪਾਣੀ ਜਿਹਾ? ਅੱਖੀਆਂ 'ਚ ਆ ਜਾਂਦੈ!
ਆਖ਼ਰ ਕੀ ਨੇ ਇਹ ਬੋਲ ਜਹੇ ਸੀਨੇ ਚੋਂ ਛਲਕ ਔਂਦੇ ਬੇ ਆਵਾਜ਼ - ਅਜੇ ਵੀ ਨੇ ਚਾਂਹਦੇ: ਆਵਾਜ਼ ਬਣਨਾ ਬੁੱਲ੍ਹਾਂ ਚੋਂ ਨਿਕਲ ਔਂਦੇ।
-Amritā Prītam,  ਆਖ਼ਰ ਕੀ ਹੈ
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keilemlucent · 11 months ago
My heart can take this anymore. Your work is just so beautiful. I'm crying. I cant even put into words how I'm feeling its just so much
thank u anon, the sentiment is felt!! thank u for the kindness, and i hope to bring more good feeling soon!!!
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compassionhero · a year ago
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it’s something, i think, about how luke is mythologized in his own time, and he accepts that role, he wants to give people hope, but being a symbol means being set apart. it means impossible expectations that he’ll take way too much to heart. it means that people’s perception of luke, the galactic hero, will always jar with the reality, because people look at luke and see someone who took down darth vader and the emperor in one fell swoop. what actually happened is that luke surrendered himself to die and then buried his father.
(and that’s not to diminish the strength it took, but being able to say i am a jedi, i will not give into hate no matter what you do was such a quiet, personal triumph. he didn’t expect to walk out alive after it. he didn’t kill anyone.)
and for awhile there are no other trained jedi, who could understand why he did what he did. luke literally and figuratively sees ghosts that no one else sees; even the people who know about vader don’t process his identity or his death the way luke does. rightfully so --- you wouldn’t expect leia to forgive vader, leia is a different person from luke and she has different needs --- but luke needs to grieve. so he does it alone. 
luke becomes mythic before he’s 25 and it’s so fucking lonely.
but luke loves people. he loves difficult people, prickly people, people with emotional walls and thorny pasts and short tempers. his friends yell at each other and pick on each other, in ways that for the most part luke isn’t hurt by. instead it draws him out --- they needle him and out comes the real him, underneath the galactic hero. when luke is being a drama queen, it’s those people who will make it seem stupid, and it can be a relief for him to acknowledge that maybe it is. maybe he’s fixated on the wrong mistakes, or burdens he doesn’t actually have to shoulder, and the things he’s most afraid of are not overwhelming trials he has to face alone, after all.
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memoryslandscape · 2 years ago
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Someone, / Who claimed to have known me years before, // Approached, saying there were many poets / Wandering around who wished to be alive again. / They were ready to say the words they had been unable to say-- // Words whose absence had been the silence of love,
Mark Strand, from “XLV,” Dark Harbor: A Poem (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994)
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beguines · a month ago
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I saw that what is so terrible about trauma is not abuse itself, no matter the brutality of treatment, but the way terror marks the body and then becomes invisible and inarticulate.
Annie G. Rogers, Ph.D., The Unsayable: The Hidden Language of Trauma
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madame-verte · 2 years ago
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"(...) Somewhere between the sayable and the unsayable, poetry runs. Antidote to the river of forgetting.
Like a rosary hung from a certain rearview mirror. Like the infinite rasp of gravel under the wheel of a departing car. (...)”
- Rebecca Lindneberg, form: Poetic Subjects.
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projectpaidion · 2 years ago
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the demand for this content is like.... me, and just me i think, but thats okay
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luthienne · 4 months ago
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But my sadnesses are dressed in silence
Adonis, from Selected Poems; “The Joy Implement (Excerpt)” (tr. Khaled Mattawa)
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dgalerab · 3 years ago
Well the guy that used the c word died, so the balance is maintained.
it’s true, the c-word was only used to show that he must die
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