[mind] frame

"The answers have been all used up.
Perhaps they never existed
and were only mirrors
 face to face with emptiness"

— Roberto Juarroz


"naked names"

"The ancient Rose remains by its name;
naked names are all that we have."

― Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose


City vortex

"But now I have come to believe that the whole world is an enigma, 
a harmless enigma that is made terrible by our own mad attempt to interpret it 
as though it had an underlying truth."

― Umberto Eco (1932 - 2016)



"The gap between lover and beloved is the space where 
the most critical emotional and spiritual work takes place." 

― Mark Epstein, M.D.


The underpass

"Nothing can drive one closer to his own insanity 
than a haunting memory refusing its own death."

― Darnella Ford


"Seeing for a moment" (Denise Levertov)

                                                               Supposably Both

_ _ _

I thought I was growing wings —
it was a cocoon.

I thought, now is the time to step
into the fire —
it was deep water.

Eschatology is a word I learned
as a child: the study of Last Things;

facing my mirror — no longer young,
the news — always of death,
the dogs — rising from sleep and clamoring
and howling, howling,

I see for a moment
that's not it: it is
the First Things.

Word after word
floats through the glass.
Towards me.

— Denise Levertov