Entire illusions of innerness
pray if only rain were beer.
Race/ethnicity, athletic status, Greek status, Purpose/Meaning, Innerness
, and Transcendence were not significant.
Yet there is a light I love, and a food, and a kind of embrace when I love my God -- a light, voice, odor, food, embrace of my innerness
, where my soul is floodlit by light which space cannot contain, where there is sound that time cannot seize, where there is a perfume which no breeze disperses, where there is a taste for food no amount of eating can lessen, and where there is a bond of union that no satiety can part.
Ellmann goes on to ask, "yet is this innerness
merely an illusion concocted out of words?
The tension between the Penates' essential innerness
or interiority and their exterior presence in all things in the verses above is reminiscent of the private/public tension of poetic creation present in "The Dreamer," wherein the poet is physically alone, yet engaged in mental colloquy with his imagined poetic forebears and readers.
Transformation Hymns in innerness
, dance before the ark, uproar and parade in the ripening vine.
This particular way in which Schwarzenbach's later works respond to fascist threats, searching for spiritual innerness
while avoiding too concrete political statements on the war, makes these texts exceptional in the literary German-speaking antifascist tradition of her time.
2 John McAllister (James Fuentes, New York) McAllister's paintings are Debussyish Matisseries, particularly Innerly Innerness
, 2010, with its "red studio" floating atop sweetly dissonant fields of pink, orange, and purple stripes.