In These Silences

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Look, in these silences

which things sink into

and seem on the verge of

opening their closest secret,

you’d expect once in a while

to uncover some mistake

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in nature, the world’s still point,

some weak link, the loose thread

that leads us at last

to the heart of truth. Eyes

rummage in every corner:

the mind seeks agrees argues

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with itself in this perfume

that floats – as day fades –

over everything; a silence

in which, in every dwindling

human shadow, a troubled

divinity could be seen.

Images above by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Top and on front-page mastheads: “Moon Night” Middle: “Snowy Landscape” Bottom: “Schlemihl’s Encounter With The Shadow”

Words above by Eugene Montale, from “The Lemons”

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Nick
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Nick

these are beautiful impressionistic pieces. the poem really helps tie them together. i think its about the tempestuousness of the mind, externally silent, but internally at war. the top piece seems to me to be the setting, the vast landscape of our minds eye. the second piece, snowy landscape,is very different from the one above it. the poem might be suggesting that this is a depiction of what that thread being pulled, and now the simple truth about both paintings is revealed, that they are paintings merely suggesting snowy landscapes. the third, as abstract as it appears, has the clearest connection. the man is engaged in a battle with his own shadow, present only his reflection, his true essence, and leaving the shadows in the dark.

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these are beautiful impressionistic pieces. the poem really helps tie them together. i think its about the tempestuousness of the mind, externally silent, but internally at war. the top piece seems to me to be the setting, the vast landscape of our minds eye. the second piece, snowy landscape,is very different from the one above it. the poem might be suggesting that this is a depiction of what that thread being pulled, and now the simple truth about both paintings is revealed, that they are paintings merely suggesting snowy landscapes. the third, as abstract as it appears, has the clearest connection. the man is engaged in a battle with his own shadow, present only his reflection, his true essence, and leaving the shadows in the dark.

Please add your last name next time Nick. Thx ~ed.

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