Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Final project, minimalist literature class

Letterpress poem on 8.5x7 inch white page. Red card edition as well. Many thanks to Tolerance Project collaborator E.B. for her letterpress prowess. Done at The Arm, Brooklyn.


  1. "You could not stop twice in the same rivers; for other and yet other waters are ever flowing on.:--Heraclitus
    "The art of living resembles wrestling more than dancing, inasmuch as it stands prepared and unshaken to meet what comes and it did not foresee." Marcus Aurelius
    "We shall see, one day, that our common faith in poetry will cause envy."--Cesare Pavese
    "The length of a work is irrelevant, , and the fear that not enough is on paper, childish."--Theodore Adorno
    "To have foundered somewhere between the epigram and the sigh!"--E. M.Cioran
    "It is great folly to wish only to be wise."--La Rochefoucauld
    "There are two great rules of life, the one general and the other particular. The first one is that every one can, in the end, get what he wants if he only tries. This is the general rule. The particular rule is that every individual is, more or less, an exception to the general rule."--Samuel Butler
    "Dealings with people bring about self-scrutiny."--Kafka
    "The most beautiful poem there is, is life--the life which discerns its own story in the making, in which inspiration and self-consciousness go together and help each other, life which knows itself to be the world in little, a repetition in miniature of the divine universal poem."--Amiel's Journal
    "Let no thought pass incognito, and keep your notebook as strictly as the authorities keep their register of aliens."--Walter Benjamin
    "My account will be hard to follow: because it says something new, but still has egg-shells from the old view sticking to it."--Wittgenstein
    "I like Wagner's music better than anybody's: it is so loud one can talk the whole time without people hearing what one says."--Oscar Wilde
    "Why did I never forgive Wagner? That he condescended to the Germans- that he became reichsdeutch.....As far as Germany extends, she corrupts culture."--Nietztche
    "All the spiritual attitudes engendered in the classical world, from the sculptural to the stoical and the skeptical, can be pictured as in wait about the true birthplace of self-consciousness, half in hope and half in despair."--Hegel
    "The truth is that every intelligent man dreams of being a gangster and of ruling over society by force alone."--Camus
    "Homeliness is almost as great a merit in a book as in a house, if the reader would abide there."--Thoreau
    "I wish to love and I cannot.
    I wish not to love and I cannot.
    You drag your double along with you, and yet the two contrive to get on together."--Gauguin
    "Ideas too are a life and a world."--Lichtenberg