Friday, February 20, 2009

A Vermilioned Nothingness

"It is the human that is the alien
The human that has no cousin in the moon.

It is the human that demands his speech
From beasts or from the incommunicable mass.

If there must be a god in the house, let him be one
That will not hear us when we speak: a coolness,

A vermilioned nothingness, any stick of the mass
Of which we are distantly a part."

—Wallace Stevens


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