The Night Knows Nothing

Giacomo Balla - Poste

The night knows nothing of the chants of night.
It is what it is as I am what I am:
And in perceiving this I best perceive myself

And you. Only we two may interchange
Each in the other what each has to give.
Only we two are one, not you and night,

Nor night and I, but you and I, alone,
So much alone, so deeply by ourselves,
So far beyond the casual solitudes,

That night is only the background of our selves,
Supremely true each to its separate self,
In the pale light that each upon the other throws.

Wallace Stevens, Re-Statement of Romance, 1935

image: Giacomo Balla – Poste

 

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2 thoughts on “The Night Knows Nothing

  1. I tend to think that it’s a matter of “the right time” for people to be appreciated, but perhaps, in this case, it’s down to prohibitive copyright issues! I’m glad to learn that you didn’t allow the cost to prevent you from sharing what you had discovered of his work! I intend to carry out some further research into WS, so I appreciate the recommendation – thanks! Jaq

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