Collecting Time

Boston, 2009

Boston, 2009

7 September 2013
3:38 pm
Edinburgh

T. —

Have you ever noticed that all of the language surrounding time is about conservation, use, and commodity? Waste time, save time, spend some time, killing time. I would rather collect time, and slow it, and have it again. My favorite thing about the concept of time travel is being able to rewind. I would just like to watch my day in reverse, to feel like I haven’t wasted it if I lie on the sofa for hours looking at the patterns in the fabric.

Surfaces
Kay Ryan

Surfaces serve
their own purposes,
strive to remain
constant (all lives
want that). There is
a skin, not just on
peaches but on oceans
(note the telltale
slough of foam on beaches).
Sometimes it’s loose,
as in the case
of cats: you feel how a
second life slides
under it. Sometimes it
fits. Take glass.
Sometimes it outlasts
its underside. Take reefs.
The private lives of surfaces
are innocent, not devious.
Take the one-dimensional
belief of enamel in itself,
the furious autonomy
of luster (crush a pearl—
it’s powder), the whole
curious seamlessness
of how we’re each surrounded
and what it doesn’t teach.
*
Good morning,
M

 

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