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Samuel Beckett Sketches


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Monday with Pessoa: I, I, I

Countless Lives Inhabit Us by Fernando Pessoa, as Ricardo Reis And then there’s this stanza, from Pessoa’s I Don’t Know How Many Souls I Have: Attentive to what I am and see, I become them and stop being I. Each of … Continue reading

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Portraits, Chairs and Barney’s Heart

I went through a period of calling every picture I made a portrait.

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formless (ness) my conceit my lie (form is unavoidable) dare I say of my spit any more than of the universe it lacks form? —is only to ask why I avoid the rhythm of my blood (it beats in time, … Continue reading

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Anti-Wittgenstein ladders

You must throw away the ladder after you have climbed up on it -Wittgenstein, Tractatus

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References to Weeping in Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable

The Unnamable is full of references to eyes: eyes opening and shutting, eyes with or without eyelids, disembodied eyes, eyes that can’t see, eyes that can’t help but see, and most of all, eyes that weep copiously and without ceasing. … Continue reading

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The Last Ism

I’ve been taking an online class through the University of Pennsylvania under the direction of Al Filreis (the voluble, passionate, brilliant, indefatigable Al Filreis) on modern and contemporary American poetry. Something he said in one of the instructional videos (along … Continue reading

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