Modern in a summer lull

//Modern in a summer lull

Modern in a summer lull

A lull in postings corresponds, it would seem, to lazy summer. Perhaps a kind of « retreat » from the usual patterns of my days?
And then suddenly it is obvious: Whatever I write or don’t write always « corresponds » to the particularities of the singular moment at hand.
It’s like Bataille says of art, that all true art is modern art: By nature, it is always of this very moment.

The city is feeling empty, « vacated, » dutifully fulfilling its « vacation » vocation. Newspapers are slim, as if shedding the heft of darker, thicker seasons if only for a matter of weeks until the inevitable return of business-as-usual. This is their « lull » moment.
Sun and rain, too, drift. Both come and go with the clouds passing.

Sitting earlier, with the pinkish bricks of the footpath, dirt under the bush, a multitude of leaf and leaf and leaf, stringy tatters of the prayer flag fluttering one by one all together. At that moment, everything is. At that moment, nothing veils everything.
It’s all here, all sudden, all suspended in nowhere, all modern in a summer lull.

By | 2017-04-04T06:58:17+01:00 juillet 18th, 2011|Textes|6 Comments

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Enseignante Zen et poète, Sensei Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell est née et a grandi à Minneapolis, aux Etats-Unis. Arrivée en France en 1981 pour étudier la littérature et l’histoire, elle y est restée, s’installant à Paris, où elle élève ses deux enfants et gagne sa vie en tant que journaliste. The Zen teacher and poet Amy “Tu es cela” Hollowell Sensei was born and raised in Minneapolis, but came to France in 1981 to study literature and history and has lived in Paris ever since, raising her two children and making a living as a journalist.

6 Comments

  1. Tu es cela 24 juillet 2011 at 21 h 57 min - Reply

    Thank you, Jim. It’s been a long time.

  2. Jim Hershleder 24 juillet 2011 at 8 h 25 min - Reply

    Beautiful, as ever.

  3. Jim Hershleder 24 juillet 2011 at 8 h 25 min - Reply

    Beautiful, as ever.

  4. Jim Hershleder 24 juillet 2011 at 8 h 24 min - Reply

    Beautiful, as ever.

  5. Tu es cela 22 juillet 2011 at 21 h 57 min - Reply

    Every moment is a precious moment.

  6. HJ 20 juillet 2011 at 21 h 14 min - Reply

    Is sitting a lull precious moment?

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