Best Thought, Worst Thought: On Art, Sex, Work and Death by Don Paterson PDF

By Don Paterson

ISBN-10: 1555975054

ISBN-13: 9781555975050

“Contentious, impolite, hilarious, relocating, and honest. A e-book you’ll dip into for the remainder of your life.” —Ian RankinThe male genitals are worn externally as evolution is within the strategy of expelling them from the physique. one other million years and they’ll be kept in a drawer. The award-winning Scottish poet Don Paterson has assembled a comic book, clever, and cranky selection of short truths and conjectures and, within the technique, revitalizes the vintage pith of the aphorism. “The form’s simply advantage is its brevity,” Paterson writes; “at least the reader can't heavily carry that it has wasted their time.”

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On the contrary, it's the fact that part of us invariably seems to recall it. II The better part of etymologies lie forever buried from sight. Words are locked tombs in which the corpses still lie breathing. � Rusted to the shape of their ideology, the brains of most political demagogues are like a stopped clock; the most dangerous limit their public appearances to twice a day, knowing they'd be revealed as lunatics at any other hour. � Poetry is the word in silence. Only a poem can consist of one word.

Only the movement restored some flicker of allegiance to the here-and-now from which we had all but been exempted. � In my adult life, the time I have actually lived inside the present moment would amount to no more than a single day. If only I could have lived it as a single day; it would have thrown its light into all the others, like a brazier in a dark arcade. Instead I find my way by sparks, and what they briefly made visible. � A mercy, I suppose, that it ended. Any deeper intimacy with each other's anatomy would have involved a murder.

We feel nothing only under general anesthetic. I've heard it said that the mere existence of those superb lacunae negates the possibility of an afterlife. though they probably show that there is nothing in the next life that will have any currency in this. Who knows what angelic conversations we were forced to hand over at customs, before our climb down into the recovery room. � The capacity for suffering is proportionate to the suffering; for some, a slight discomfort is as intolerable as passing a kidney stone.

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