On the daily use of trivial objects. Luca Paci

life adjusts itself to inevitable rituals performed with religious

CHIPPED mug used a thousand times

smashes on the FLOOR gone forever into

the impalpable universe called
Things LOST <..>
razor blade follows the same destinY

of FORGETfulness and DISappearance

kidnapping memories

tidal POWER

REcycling thoughts

laura’s profile
on a faded picture

gain & loss magic & trivial leaves & gropes

chipped mug SMASHES on the same floor

just a second before its
needless necessity

(sono parte di te ma te ne accorgi soltanto quando sono andate)


8 thoughts on “On the daily use of trivial objects. Luca Paci

  1. Bella la frattura finale con il passaggio parentetico all”altra’ lingua…anche questa smashes on the floor? Language as a worn-out tool? Disposable? Recyclable? Exchangeable for another without residue? And what about waste management? Too many questions? 🙂

  2. Thanks for the sharp comment Serena. The poem was triggered by a discussion about things, how we (ab)use them and inevitably lead to Language, or rather languages. Words and things, I guess. The smashing of the cup evoques the spilling of ink, its (non)sense and our fascination with it.
    Bataille once wrote: “Language is lacking because language is made of propositions that make identities intervene”.

  3. Fine poem. Things are time-bound while memory/imagination is asynchronous. Loss is the language of the imagination, things disappear never to return except in the way we think/talk of them. The otherness of things frightens us and emboldens us to believe in our own invincibility.

  4. In such scenarios (reflections, ad infinitum), it is not so much invincibility but ‘awareness’ of the otherness of self to things (and vice versa) that creates difference (differance) … Language is a house of broken mirrors (as Derrida never quite wrote) … GK …

  5. Good to see you back Gavin. Your comment happens to overlap my reading of Bataille’s Erotism:”We are discontinuous beings, individuals who perish in isolation in the midst of an incomprehensible adventure, but we yearn for our lost continuity”. The broken cup reflects this fracture , I guess..

  6. Luca – I’m curious about the CAPITALIZATIONS … How do you see them functioning within the poem? … They resemble the diacritical games of Deconstruction (which I always capitalize!, which I adore), e.g., “Things LOST “, but also seem to set in motion a second, secret poem within the poem … No? … GK …

  7. Capitalization has a double effect: visual and narrative.. you can SEE the poem and read it finding an parallel/alternative narrative. the sub-plot here is POWER. they are sub-liminal suggestions which transform the form -and hopefully the substance- of the poem. A breach, or licence, into the divine realm of Poetry.

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