by Paul D'Agostino
“As language refers to its own taking place via shifters, the “this”
and the “now,” [it] produces the sensible expressed in it as a past and
at the same time defers this sensible to the future. In this fashion,
it is always already caught up in a history and a time.”
– Giorgio Agamben**
The plight of beauty
to lose love almost
or even entirely,
Whence verses and chapters
and pictures yield
whatever truths any things
Grand fictions of
laughter, of magic, of wars,
tales told and retold ever curled into
folds in history’s pleats, distant and deep,
to unfold and refurl into scrolls,
the variant texts of recrafted
worlds, the compassed flights and
magnetic maps and sapient talons of
in a time.
Artwork & text, P. D’Agostino
* This collage is currently featured in my exhibition at Norte Maar Gallery, Appearance Adrift in the Garden, on view through March 4th. More information at nortemaar.org.
** From The Time That Remains: A Commentary on the Letter to the Romans (Stanford University Press, 2005).
Beautiful poem & artwork….
oh my, I love them both but being enraptured by poetry from babyhood (practically), I was delighted to enjoy “Aloft” so much. Musical and chewy. Just wonderful, Paul.
Thanks very much for your comment.