I thought I’d try and take this blog in a different direction. It was linked too closely to me, personally, and I wanted it to be something more wide-ranging and general.
A Seal and Matches is a quote from a Gertrude Stein poem in her seminal work, Tender Buttons. This book has always stood out to me. Her seemingly nonsensical poems are more pertinent than ever in a world where everything is full of nonsense. Trying to make sense of her poetry is attempting what I’m trying to do with this blog, which is to make sense of things, to ruminate, to espouse, to chat shit.
I like the quote even more because I got a C in the essay I did on Stein. I spent so long trying to figure out what she was trying to say that I forgot to explain that the whole point of the poetry is not to figure it out, but to enjoy the artfulness of the words, the way it sounds, the way it feels.
Life’s a bit like that.
All of it.
Every little piece.
Image: Pablo Picasso, Portrait of Gertrude Stein, 1906