Saturday, August 24, 2019

The poet waits
for inspiration.

The philosopher dwells
upon existence.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Philosophy is normative: it tells us
what we're doing right
when we use a concept correctly,
what we're good at when know a thing.

Poetry is empirical: it tells us
what we're really seeing
when an emotion grips us, tightly,
whose power we are subject to.

We can distinguish lyrical poetry,
simple emotional notation,
from the epic, a poem containing
history, a diagram of power,

just as we can tell a syllogism,
a mere conceptual notation,
from a phenomenology of the spirit,
a world picture of the known.

Friday, August 16, 2019

There is only one thing
that ever happens.
It keeps happening.
Thank God.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Sunday, August 11, 2019

One loves her choices,
her tastes, and that she has some interest
in satisfying them.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

In the beginning, it is said, there was
the deed. Indeed, a fact is but a deed
that's done. And a deed, in fact,
is but an act that's seen and told.

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

All this has been here
for a long time, and
many are now assembled
in this small space.

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Machines are media:

lens, eye, focus,
lever, arm, pivot.

The wheel is real,
The circle, ideal.

Drum, ear, beat,
whip, skin, flog:

"Faith is immediate."