Self / Counterself

Aby Warburg: Mnemosyne-Atlas (1924-29)

Annahme des Kunstwerkes als etwas in Richtung
auf den Zuschauer feindlich Bewegtes

– Aby Warburg (27 August, 1890)

[Theory of the work of art as something hostile
moving towards the beholder]

I wish that I were dead
It pops into my head
in just those words
I wish that I were dead

Daunting lists of jobs to do
small pettifogging duties
People whose persistence
wears you down
break up the thought

A hard thing to acknowledge
but someday it will happen
The self that sees
creates a third

but is that me?

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