my love is building a building 2014
my love is building a building
my love is building a building is an exercise in poem building. Inspired by ee cumming’s poem of the same name, as well as T.S. Eliot’s East Coker, this work examines the act of preservation as both beautiful and foolish, and looks towards an acceptance of emptiness. Here is an array of seemingly disparate objects brought together by their shared emptiness and nod to the absent.
The fragility of the material also continues to be a common investigation, as it is in this quality that resilience is most realized.
Much of Eliot’s work is not without a critical self-awareness of his failure to capture and articulate the elusive and fleeting. The attempt to recover what is perpetually being found and lost again is what drives us forth.
Likewise, I like to think of my “buildings” in the on-going, verb sense of the word, as I find in the end the objects are always vacant. They are my ‘tryings’, through which I am propelled forward by a perpetual failure to hold the transient and to articulate the articulable, and a humility that keeps me building.