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Hinge

 

 

Between the terrible clarity of the sun, and the secret power of the night, a fault-line. Dusk: neither the bright sun of madness or the black hole of God, neither a messenger or a channel, but the infinity of their absolute interconnection — which is surely also to say, their complete disintegration. 

Between growth and decay, learning. Instruction crosses between, voyages outwards, away from the familiar. An exodus. 

Between saying and doing, an operation without a name. Between the general formula and the singular revelation, the unimaginable — an alterity which effaces itself, a dangerous and uncanny law of bifurcation. 

Haunted by the infinite, the disjunction allows a momentary glimpse. 

A screen or window, upon which an invisible writing inscribes itself: this crystalline, pulsing thread between the sense of sensation and the sense of signification. A klaxon.

A transistor hums, a soul awakens: the message interrupts itself, the medium fragments. 

An infinite (verbal?) disjunction: an imagination which realizes, a reality which imagines — an absence which haunts the living, the troubling presence of the dead. Science and vivisection, culture and decay. And between these two streams, in the middle of the two foci? 

Time is bifurcated, the light by which light amplifies itself: playing, dancing, rippling… And beyond this mirrored prism, a signal lingers.

Beneath memory, a message, a crystal screen. Anarchy enthroned, pure love and infinite possibility at once.

Beyond power, humility.

What is needed now? Nothing but a split, a hinge — the tiniest crack…

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2 thoughts on “Hinge

  1. Really great post. About darkness–there is an idea that Genesis 1 actually reveals a number of different kinds of darkness, all of which have nothing to do with the light-darkness/good-bad binary relationships that tend to characterize our understanding of darkness. There’s also something about a darkness that illuminates more brilliantly than the light of day, which Maurice Blanchot picks up on.

  2. Right — another biblical theme connected here (though I should admit neither parallel was intentional) is the plague of darkness. In discussing its spiritual origin, the Midrash cites two “opposing” opinions. The first, Rav Nechemiah’s, is that this darkness is a kind of ‘unlight’: darkness-as-curtain, the darkness of purgatory, the obstruction of God’s light and the absolute concealment of his Presence. The point here is to tear away from the darkness and step into light. The second, Rav Yehudah’s, is more celestial and primordial: it is a darkness which transcends luminescence, predating and surrounding light, the very domain and regime of God’s essence. This point this time is to peer into the darkness, and identify it’s divine origin…

    Incidentally, I really enjoyed your article on God’s back! In addition to the Midrashic themes you cite, there’s some interesting stuff in the Zohar on this theme. More broadly, the work of exegesis itself can function as a reactivation, even a “turning around” of the Torah itself — thus perhaps of the entire world… As for hinges — the Zohar tells us, “Open your heart for me slightly, and I’ll open the world for you.”

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