Eros, the bittersweet

April 13, 2010

Eros is an issue of boundaries. He exists because certain boundaries do. In the interval between “I love you” and “I love you, too”, the absent presence of desire comes alive. But the boundaries of time and glance and I love you are only aftershocks of the main, inevitable Boundary that creates Eros: the boundary of flesh and self between you and me. And it is only, suddenly, at the moment when I would dissolve that boundary, I realise I never can.

Anne Carson, Eros the Bittersweet, Princeton, NJ: Princeton U P, 1986: 30 and quoted Thomas Dumm, Loneliness as a Way of Life, Cambridge, MA: Harvard U P, 2008: 109-110.

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Oh self! And love! And the apart-ness of us all!
But ah, how sweet you are to me these days, Eros.

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