The Cold Tap Sings

the p-word

Category: Quotes

STRUCKTHROUGH

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A spread from a travel journal belonging to Gustave Flaubert, on sale in Paris last month.

‘Human speech is like a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms for bears to dance to, while we long to make music that will melt the stars.’

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

DIANE

diane

Diane

the waterfall in the Twin Peaks title sequence
cascades through my dreams I see your face
& feel like I am falling
upwards

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picture the traffic lights
‘there at midnight
changing for nobody’
wonder whether quoting Mort
is quoting Mort quoting Lynch
whether any words / thoughts
/ lines / poems are original
whether love is unoriginal
too

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no

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I love you
because you some typefaces
more than you love me
while I love you less
than I love some rock formations
and that is why you love me
example: Gill Sans
example: Durdle Door

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previously on Twin Peaks I was falling
upwards
because you make me feel like a waterfall
so in the morning I enjoy damn fine coffee
and picture midnight on a moonless night
when the traffic lights change
only for you & I
baby
only for us

TOPICS OF POETRY

topics of poetry

From The Pillow Book by Sei Shōnagon, trans. Meredith McKinney (Penguin, 2006).

DISTRACTED

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‘Distracted from distraction by distraction.’

T.S. Eliot, ‘Four Quartets, 1: Burnt Norton’, in Collected Poems 1909-1962 (Faber & Faber)

POETS ARE LIARS

‘You shouldn’t let poets lie to you.’