By Lisa Robertson
What if the cinema of the current have been a Möbius strip of language, a montage of statements and questions sutured jointly and progressively collecting color? could the seams have enough money a brand new sensibility round the pronoun 'you'? could the ideal phrases of philosophy, model, books, structure and historical past animate a brand new imaginative and prescient, gestural and indirect? Is the kinetic pronoun cinema?
These and different questionsare spoke back within the new lengthy poem from acclaimed poet and essayist Lisa Robertson. The e-book is offered with 4 assorted again covers, designed by way of artists Hadley + Maxwell .
Praise for Lisa Robertson:
'Robertson proves not easy to provide an explanation for yet effortless to get pleasure from. . . . Dauntlessly and resourcefully highbrow, Robertson is also playful or blunt. . . . She wields language expertly, even beautifully.'
- the recent York occasions
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Its pronoun plays a social rupture. You fling open regret. Its scale will be wrong in order to announce an illegitimacy. You are paid the compliment of being dreamt of. Just violence and passivity and patience. Thus you become the biographer of an opinion. Landscapes, speakers, furniture. All day long and even in the night you built precise pictures of existing. Last night the parking lot was dreaming the words of your ancestors and enemies. In this way you are a purveyor of doubt. Let feminism be this girl raging at a chandelier.
It’s tattersall, canvas, herringbone, Donegal, sateen, velour, felt, taﬀeta, percale, corduroy, shantung, crepe, twill, broadcloth, flannel, chiﬀon, gingham, velvet, velveteen, satin, gauze, piqué, melton, denim, worsted or nothing, you said. v11_Layout 1 2014-08-06 11:11 AM Page 37 It falls to your knees. It’s time for your late style. If I want to cry it’s because I’m not a pessimist, you said. Its immateriality is spoken, transmitted, temporal, not arbitrary. The set of your mind returned uncertainty to the conventions of intimacy.
It occurs in the smallest possible space. Some have deep apartments, some have shallow apartments. v11_Layout 1 2014-08-06 11:11 AM Page 46 An idyll in a bungalow; a palpability; a loss. Sometimes the concept of plenitude is a help. A gate made of floral foam, beeswax, silver leaf, drywall. Sometimes you need a record of your life. How else do you construct a pause in cognition? Speak, tiny expensive morning. Grumblingly. Still there was no solution for the fabulous problem. With late style. Still, at this late date in the political, you remain intrigued by fucking.