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Mirrors - Speculum - Mirages & Espejismo
Thursday, October 20, 2016




Since I was a child of perhaps 6 when I went into my mother’s armoire to help myself to as many candy corns I could want (not the two or three she would hand me out) I found the bag of candy in a little drawer but I was struck by my image on the inside mirror. I stared and I believe for the first time I thought, “That is me, I am that image. I am an individual.” Perhaps my thoughts were not that philosophical but the fact is that I remember that day to this day.

Since then and perhaps because I am a dyslexic I  have been interested if not obsessed by mirrors and their images.

The Spanish word for mirror is espejo which comes from the Latin speculum.  There is more (or is that less?) that meets the eye in espejo as a mirage in Spanish is espejismo.


Espejos

Borges was more so and wrote many poems about mirrors and how they were an abomination (his word) as unlike the sexual act mirrors could reproduce and reproduce at will.
It was not until  the late 70s when I noticed an ad on TV that I remember telling my Rosemary, “According to this ad I have a syndrome called dyslexia.”



The leftness being the right and vice versa of mirrors has always fascinated me and troubled me. I have taken countless of mirror photographs. Here are a couple.

My father’s friend, Argentine writer Jorge Cortázar wrote this poem about love lost called Bolero. I will place it in both languages. The sentence that has always been in my mind is:

You were always my mirror,

What I mean is, I had to look at you to see me.


Bolero by Julio Cortázar

How vain is it to imagine

I could give you all, love and joy,

itineraries, music, toys.

It is like that, certainly:

everything I have, I give it to you, true,

but everything I have is not enough for you

as everything you have

is not enough for me.



So we will never be

the perfect match, the postcard,

if we are unable to accept

solely in arithmetic

two comes from one plus one.



Laying around, a piece of paper

that only says:



You were always my mirror,

What I mean is, I had to look at you to see me.



And this fragment:



The slow machine of heartbreak

the gears of reflux

bodies leaving the pillows,

the sheets, the kisses



and standing before the mirror questioning

each to himself

no longer facing each other

no longer naked for the other

I no longer love you,

my love.



Bolero



Qué vanidad imaginar

que puedo darte todo, el amor y la dicha,

itinerarios, música, juguetes.

Es cierto que es así:

todo lo mío te lo doy, es cierto,

pero todo lo mío no te basta

como a mí no me basta que me des

todo lo tuyo.



Por eso no seremos nunca

la pareja perfecta, la tarjeta postal,

si no somos capaces de aceptar

que sólo en la aritmética

el dos nace del uno más el uno.



Por ahí un papelito

que solamente dice:



Siempre fuiste mi espejo,

quiero decir que para verme tenía que mirarte.



Y este fragmento:



La lenta máquina del desamor

los engranajes del reflujo

los cuerpos que abandonan las almohadas

las sábanas los besos



y de pie ante el espejo interrogándose

cada uno a sí mismo

ya no mirándose entre ellos

ya no desnudos para el otro

ya no te amo,

mi amor.



     

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That Funky Cascadia Reed Quintet

Pathos - πάθος, ους, τό

You Want Me Pale - Alfonsina Storni

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Tu más Profunda Piel - Julio Cortázar

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6/19/16 - 6/26/16

6/26/16 - 7/3/16

7/3/16 - 7/10/16

7/10/16 - 7/17/16

7/17/16 - 7/24/16

7/24/16 - 7/31/16

7/31/16 - 8/7/16

8/7/16 - 8/14/16

8/14/16 - 8/21/16

8/21/16 - 8/28/16

8/28/16 - 9/4/16

9/4/16 - 9/11/16

9/11/16 - 9/18/16

9/18/16 - 9/25/16

9/25/16 - 10/2/16

10/2/16 - 10/9/16

10/9/16 - 10/16/16

10/16/16 - 10/23/16

10/23/16 - 10/30/16

10/30/16 - 11/6/16

11/6/16 - 11/13/16

11/13/16 - 11/20/16

11/20/16 - 11/27/16

11/27/16 - 12/4/16

12/4/16 - 12/11/16