But your eyes proclaim
That everything is surface. The surface is what's there
And nothing can exist except what's there.
There are no words for the surface, that is,
No words to say what it really is, that it is not
Superficial but a visible core...
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
From John Ashbery's "Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror" (Commonplace Book)
Just a quick commonplace entry today, from John Ashbery's "Self Portrait in a Convex Mirror". I wanted to quote it this week since we have been talking about aesthetics and I have been defending my enjoyment of the more superficial aspects of Grant Morrison's New X-Men, such as the clothes. Here are a few lines from one of the most important poems by one of the most important poets of the century: