Academic journal article Chicago Review

A Metaphysics of Emotion

Academic journal article Chicago Review

A Metaphysics of Emotion

Article excerpt

The cosmos or void a cloud with a gold crust under it.

This is a vision, that it-what I will be after my life

is a plain of expanding cloud with a gritty gold underside

I feel the gold crust inside myself as a melting

the give of dyin ice.

Sex begins again in widowhood accompanied by

other visions-that there's liquid gold script on the inside of

my abdomen; that I'm enclosed in midnight-blue

it's the color of

Isolde's and Tristan's forest-which is only my own

park Tompkins Square

expanding from a hidden thicket into woods in which

I'd gladly stay with you, die and decay to a handful of bones.

One by one snowflakes gathering at night in the purple-gold

light of the lamp

out my window on St. Mark's Place. I'm turning into colors

red, dark-blue, gold, black

together an emotional field that is more than emotion the

word might suggest:

it's emotion as atoms, as matter of our being and of the

being before this world. …

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