"The original emergence and standing of energies, the phainesthai, or appearance in the great sense of a world-epiphany, becomes a visibility of things that are already there and can be pointed out. The eye, the vision, which originally projected the project into potency, becomes a mere looking at or looking over or gaping at. Vision has degenerated into mere optics."
"Air itself, to the subtle, delicate presence of it, to the all-aroundness of it, to the fact of it. And if we sensitize ourselves to it, taste it in the mouth and feel it in the throat and playing across the skin, the way it shifts and folds and articulates itself around our bodies, if we register each tiny fluctuation in temperature as it passes over us- what that awareness does for us, is that it allows us to correct this very dangerous and deadening sense we get, that all of this is static-
It’s constantly in motion, every part of it
And this is why we must never stare, we never look AT, as poets we won’t look at. The interrogatory stare pins down what it stares at, fixes it, creates an artificial tableau, we abstract ourselves out of the picture, imagine ourselves disembodied eye hovering above like a drone in the sky- so we have to find that other way of looking, involved and participatory."