Saturday, August 29, 2009

trash: manifesto: I

"A phenomenologist who wants to experience the images of the function of inhabiting must not be subject to the charms of external beauty. For generally, beauty exteriorizes and disturbs intimate meditation." Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space 

For so many years we said "But it's pretty!" when we meant "How awful! How awful these things in life can be!" At least they were pretty. That was the one thing they still had going for them. They mocked us with their pretty. We mocked their pretty right back. We knew, without the words for it, that the pretty was the awful thing itself. They were pretty. They had nothing going for them, and yet everyone else was drawn to them like bees . . . well, you know bees. 

Down here there's no beauty that isn't part insides coming out. Part torn up, busted, watch your hands. 

We never trusted pretty. We stuck with trash.  

1 comment:

  1. You wrote this second part, yes? I like it very much. Yes.