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222-223 The phenomenology of the poetic imagination allows us to explore the being of man considered as the being of a surfaceof the surface that separates the region of the same from the region of the other. IT should not be forgotten that in this zone of sensitized surface, before being, one must speak, if not to others, at least to oneself. and advance always. in this orientation, the universe of speech governs all the phenomena of being, that is, the new phenomena. by means of poetic language, waves of newness flow over the surface being. and language bears within itself the dialectics of open and closed. through meaning it encloses, while through poetic expression, it opens up. … (223)and there is no need to return to a distant past, a past that is no longer our own, to find sacred properties attributed to the threshold.

s dialectics of inside/outside.

#notes/acr i’m trying to include this text in workups that could help this work and i’m thinking that the most important part of this text or the most important thing to pull is that poetic language is helpful in engaging the half-open… the space between

the way that we could understand meaning and pull information through the way that folks engage the poetry of the space (inside/outside) that they discuss. this is on page 228-229 really it explores how the metaphors that are used to describe a blank room actually hold a lot of information

this room in which he is writing is so quiet, that it really deserves its name which is the solitary’ room! it is inhabited thanks to the image, just as one inhabits an imagine which is in the imagination’

poetic language creates space in between. notes that were annotated on the page

we create all these words when really we can just use poetics

make the inside outside and make the outside as it is inside make sense to time-outside

I am struck by the imagery of half openness. i think it does some interesting work of relaying the information of queer failure/undercommons in the way there is something special to be experienced when you engage a life that is full of unknown, or de-known. it is not neat, and not absolute.

There is also really important information in the way that the language of poetics (I guess a kind of grammar) popped up.

i feel like the suggestion was that maybe we should take more time for slower modes of knowing.

and I’m like oh ok fuckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Interesting points/descriptors:

The work of making inside/outside while inside and sometimes outside.

It reminds me of this short poetic that I wrote about a series of architecture shots that I took around the world:

what if you walk the streets knowing that outside, somehow, you feel inside. knowing that you have your skin. and your blood. and your bone. and you can rush to the places that need you most. and no place needs you more than inside/outside. everywhere.”

Things I want to interrogate/look more for:

#prompt/ what actually are poetics? how do we find poetics within sociology? Or challenge them to appear? How do we create more space to say that these poetics, though take more time, and take more effort… actually illustrate the great beyond in more illustrious ways than the congealing of words every could.

The poetics allow time to melt. It’s surreal? Post-modern? Post-real? Anti? /

Also, interestingly was the talk about publics (?) I wrote about this in the margins somewhere… there is something to be said about the way that we can make the inside outside, and bring it back inside… and live in this in/out experience.

re: tending toward blackness

thinking about the unraveling of thirdspace, in order to suspend, fold, and cultivate new-waves of thirdspace that allow for productive tending to’

the idea is that we undo the distinction’ and in doing so offer new landscape for new ecologies of social possibilities to arise.

the worlds that we are always already a part don’t just determine what we know; they orient how and what we see.

method: performance ethnography

I am struck by the profundity of half-openness, of the in-between. stable language around queer coming of age: being inside’ of the closet, and coming out’ nature of queer verbiage around being inside’ of the closet, and coming out,’ I believe that the imagery of half-openness does interesting work in unraveling some of the more stableimagine possibility via a slower apparatus that incorporates new poetics about the inside’ and the outside.’

traces construct our world… so what happens in a project conceptualized by the maintenance of trace, instead of the disavowal. what can happen if we reify the trace, as a mode of awakening, against the backdrop of global catastrophe: the anthropocene, the plantationocene, the ongoing apocalypse.

Just imagine what might be possible if, instead of rushing to the new, we tended toward blackness—in all of its sensuous and imperceptible unfolding—that phantom site whose traces everywhere mark the construction of the material world and provide a different horizon from which to take our bearings.” (144)

The wages of productivity

In our attempt to reach our dream’ class, our leisure time is spent being unproductively aspirational. we don’t enjoy the small things because we are trying to keep pace with those around us, above us. as such, we relegate the more mundane shit to underpaid workers emboldening the capitalist exploitation cycle except through a different variable passage.


On creating your own opportunities’

I feel understood. Pushed to lean further into this okayness that I’ve been feeling. This trust that inside of me, I really know what’s going on. I can see when it’s just right, or needs a little tilt. That should be spoken!! It should really be talked about. I want to bring the questions and the critical engagement. I want to allow myself to be authentic and vulnerable and make art the way that I want to make it. I want to make and I want to think and push. I need to trust that my ways of doing it are true, and bold and honest.

These small projects I do on the side are not meant to be in a be-all portfolio. That’s not the point. They’re to demonstrate to myself, to others that I have done it this way; do you want to take me up on this way? I can help you in this way.

The portfolio is trust. I need to trust myself. That is how I create new opportunities for myself.

Against activism


Organizing is long-term and often tedious work that entails creating infrastructure and institutions, finding points of vulnerability and leverage in the situation you want to transform, and convincing atomized individuals to recognize that they are on the same team (and to behave like it).”

Oooooooohhhhh was just talking about organizing with Pia today. I like this article. We dig through the meaning of the word activist. It is murky because there is, now rarely, solid grounding. Folks are activists period. What are the specifics of our activism? One of the things I really liked and am interested in is the opposite of an activist, as we commonly understand it… like the people who consciously do not participate in marches, protests, etc etc. who are they? What are they called?

When I think about organizers. The opposite is more often clear. Climate justice organizers: their opposite is multinational coal fused corporation; it is the billionaire class, the elite, unwilling to relinquish the way in which they make their money to ultimately shut down systems that are fucking our planet up. The opposite is more clear, because in order to organize there needs to be a clearer idea of the goal, and the intention, and the ends. Activists can just activist about anything where even if/when there is nothing anchoring their fight. No particular ideas about what progress means etc.

This is a shallow reviewing of this article because there is so much in this but those are some general thoughts