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Maryleborne High Street

"ultimately the greatest source of emotional power in art lies not in any particular subject matter, however passionate, however universal. It lies in form." (Susan Sontag)

both religious vocation and crime lead to the cell. the cell is singular. but without the cell there is no body . . .

what is inner style? style is substance.

recovering the senses after sensory overload is hard work . . . it is spiritual work

"The truth is balance, but the opposite of truth, which is unbalance, may not be a lie" (Susan Sontag)


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rain came
and the temp-
erature

dropped
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protect
silence

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the dead
are dying

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failed
earlier
forms

of

human beings

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pre-utterance

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to weight
out
words


as they come
in.

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to have done
not enough beautifully
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a wasp attacks
my hairgel
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a crying Spanish girl at the next table.
pale legs flexing and unflexing on Maryleborne High Street.

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we revise
our lives
before
living
them
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