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  • feedwordpress 14:00:25 on 2017/01/01 Permalink
    Tags: , , Octavio Paz, poetry, ,   

    Quote of the Month: Eroticism 

    “[Eroticism is] the poetry of the body, the testimony of the senses. Like a poem, it is not linear, it meanders and twists back on itself, shows us what we do not see with our eyes, but in the eyes of our spirit. Eroticism reveals to us another world, inside this world. The senses become servants of the imagination, and let us see the invisible and hear the inaudible.” – Octavio Paz

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  • feedwordpress 14:00:23 on 2016/11/11 Permalink
    Tags: , Brain Pickings, , fire, flame, intimacy, judy brown, , poem, poetry, power, The Sea Accepts All Rivers   

    Poem on Desire: Fire by Judy Brown 

    Today, I am reflecting this idea of power through psychological and physical distance as a way to awaken intimacy and desire inspired by Judy Brown’s poem, “Fire”. This piece echoes the ideas in my book Mating in Captivity — so beautifully articulated.



    by Judy Brown

    What makes a fire burn

    is space between the logs,

    a breathing space.

    Too much of a good thing,

    too many logs

    packed in too tight

    can douse the flames

    almost as surely

    as a pail of water would.

    So building fires

    requires attention

    to the spaces in between,

    as much as to the wood.

    When we are able to build

    open spaces

    in the same way

    we have learned

    to pile on the logs,

    then we can come to see how

    it is fuel, and absence of the fuel

    together, that make fire possible.

    We only need to lay a log

    lightly from time to time.

    A fire


    simply because the space is there,

    with openings

    in which the flame

    that knows just how it wants to burn

    can find its way.


    Image Source: Pexels

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