Primary Things.

Friday, May 1, 2015

For Friday: hypnotic words from Eileen Myles (whose book The Importance of Being Iceland is currently sitting on my windowsill), accompanied by equally mesmerizing images from Julia Robbs (whose collages for #the100dayproject have been the highlight of my Instagram feed these days).

Though on the boat, I write, I shoot. On the boat, let's face it, I'm held. In its waves, its vagueness, in its water. I see only water. Water doesn't answer. No land ahead. Just water. So my dilemma shrinks to secondary and abstract. How will I live. I want to stay in this primary thing that moves. (Thanks, Cassie.)







Wishing you a wonderful weekend, wherever you may be. Happy May!

7 comments:

cary said...

What a fantastic images! Happy May to you, too!

burntfeather said...

Gorgeous! I'm excited for May I feel like it's going to push us all but in a positive way :)

Kathy said...

Happy May!! I'm feeling inspired by #the100dayproject to do something myself...

Anonymous said...

So cool. Love Julia's work!

Shoko said...

Fee, I certainly hope so!

Micaela said...

Hi Shoko! I've loved your blog for years and this post really spoke to me, not least because I also have a copy of The Importance of Being Iceland sitting on my shelf. I wanted to ask you, have you enjoyed it? I bought my copy a couple years ago at City Lights in San Francisco, but haven't gotten around to reading it yet. I've moved it to a couple of new apartments, too! Anyway, just wanted to see if you had any thoughts on it. Thanks so much!

Shoko said...

Micaela, thank you so much! You know, I've been paging through it, but I haven't really taken the time to sit down with it and give it a proper go. I bought it because I liked the language so much — I'd seen snippets of it here and there, the odd quote on a blog. When I have writer's block, I like to be able to open a book and find a really great sentence — sometimes that's all it takes to get the wheels turning, and this has been one of those for me. What's your experience been?

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