Cinema of the Present by Lisa Robertson

By Lisa Robertson

What if the cinema of the current have been a Möbius strip of language, a montage of statements and questions sutured jointly and progressively collecting color? may the seams have enough money a brand new sensibility round the pronoun 'you'? may the proper phrases of philosophy, style, books, structure and background animate a brand new imaginative and prescient, gestural and indirect? Is the kinetic pronoun cinema?

These and different questionsare replied within the new lengthy poem from acclaimed poet and essayist Lisa Robertson. The publication is offered with 4 various again covers, designed through artists Hadley + Maxwell .

Praise for Lisa Robertson:

'Robertson proves demanding to give an explanation for yet effortless to take pleasure in. . . . Dauntlessly and resourcefully highbrow, Robertson is additionally playful or blunt. . . . She wields language expertly, even beautifully.'
- the hot York instances

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Then came life, feeling and forgetting. I, Byronic, you said, screwed my way forward. Thus a work begins. What will you do with all that information? Thus an hypothesis occurs to you: consciousness is cosmetic, but not in an individual sense. m. conversation. Thus the licking and sleeking of offices. What about giving me the recipe for the strong scent of the world? Thus you become the biographer of an opinion. You simply contemplate those russet mountainsides. v11_Layout 1 2014-08-06 11:11 AM Page 59 Thus you were led to describe hospitals, prisons, remote villages, monasteries.

What will you be, then? v11_Layout 1 2014-08-06 11:11 AM Page 61 Using your lungs and her memory, you describe the ineffable boat. That late morning of wind in mid-October, when you decided to live for your thinking – did it change anything? Usually you will not have made a decision about how to advance. You refuse apocalyptic consciousness. Very easy and very desperate. You bite into the fruit you invent and it runs down your face. Very simply like this you disappeared into the interval. You’ll just speak for prosody from now on.

V11_Layout 1 2014-08-06 11:11 AM Page 40 Now listening will be the luminous duration of your tissues. Perfectly broken. Now only time is wild. You counted into the problem. Now to enact comically solemn rituals, you said. You didn’t die. Now you know that all along it’s been the body that you can’t understand. Sedately and ceaselessly you continued to elaborate the barest premise. Now you must return by a different route. You have other doctrines. Now you wanted only to make an immodest document.

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