It may be that the speaker of "An Old-World Thicket" knows that the beautiful wood is not sufficient, that there is a deadness
within it ("For all that was but showed what all was not," l.
Sometimes I'd pick up a Dresden fly and fly it through the air, sometimes I'd idly play house with the little world, weddings and funerals with little body parts, awful births, but I did not want to disarrange that unerring deadness
like a kind of goodness, corner of wetless grey waste, nothing anyone would go for.
I was livid with rage & almost incoherent, I could have said many better things if I had been more objective, but this has been storing up for a long time, this revolt against deadness
and lack of feeling (Also against "authority" I must admit.
Finally, he sees himself as dead--that is, the deadness
of his flesh and his human nature--while simultaneously seeing the eternal life within himself that comes from Christ living in him.
Recoiling at the room's "strangling deadness
," she decides to improve the situation as best she can: "I turned forward the almanac sheets and set the clock ticking.
It rekindled us because some deadness
had entered our game.
But their detail is not punctal, and never uncanny, for what these photographs demonstrate with such technical virtuosity is the deadness
of their subjects, the morbidity of the impulse to preserve, and the necrophilia of the mummy complex.
He had read of "Space": at the back of his thinking for years had lurked the dismal fancy of the black, cold vacuity, the utter deadness
, which was supposed to separate the worlds.
To view it once-a-year would be sickening, but once-a-night to see the cliches, the moribundity of language, the tackiness of lifestyle, the deadness
of the soul and the lack of any imagination.
itself is not the fascination but deadness
as an opening for thinking and doing otherwise.
One might be tempted to attribute the work's deadness
to the appropriative and quotational mode itself, attacked by some from the start for holding life at a distance and making art a hermetic hall of mirrors; but that would ignore the emotional resonance of some of that work, whether by Johns or Sherrie Levine.
She has always been a free spirit, unaffected by the deadness
, conformity and arrogance of the rest of the Royal Family.