And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos

By John Berger

In a unprecedented distillation of his presents as a novelist, poet, paintings critic, and social historian, John Berger unearths the binds among love and shortage, the methods poetry endows language with the reassurance of prayer, and the tensions among the ahead flow of sexuality.

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The horizontal line represented the site visitors of the area, all of the attainable roads major around the earth to different locations. hence, at domestic, one was once nearest to the gods within the sky and to the useless within the underworld. This nearness promised entry to either. And while, one used to be on the start line and, expectantly, the returning aspect of all terrestrial trips. The crossing of the 2 traces, the assurance their intersection supplies, was once most likely already there, in embryo, within the pondering and ideology of nomadic humans, yet they carried the vertical line with them, as they may hold a tent pole. probably on the finish of this century of unparalleled transportation, vestiges of the assurance nonetheless stay within the unarticulated emotions of many thousands of displaced humans. Emigration doesn't simply contain abandoning, crossing water, residing amonst strangers, yet, additionally, undoing the very that means of the realm and—at its so much extreme—abandoning oneself to the bogus that is the absurd. Emigration, while it isn't enforced at gunpoint, may perhaps in fact be caused by way of wish in addition to desperation. for instance, to the peasant son the father’s conventional authority could appear extra oppressively absurd than any chaos. The poverty of the village might sound extra absurd than the crimes of the city. To stay and die among foreigners could appear much less absurd than to dwell persecuted or tortured via one’s fellow countrymen. All this is actual. yet to to migrate is usually to dismantle the guts of the area, and so that you can circulate right into a misplaced, disoriented certainly one of fragments. eight POEMS OF EMIGRATION 1. Village I let you know all homes are holes in an arse of stone we consume off coffin lids among night celebrity and milk in a bucket is not anything the churn is emptied two times an afternoon forged us steaming at the fields. 2. Earth the crimson scalp of the earth combed in autumn and occasions of famine the steel bones of the earth extracted by means of hand the church above the earth palms of our clock crucified all is taken three. Leaving soreness can't suffer lengthy sufficient tracks vanish below snow the white include of leaving i've got attempted to write down the reality on trains with no an ear the tongue takes fright clings to a unmarried be aware the educate is crossing a bridge black ice collects on each one letter SAVA my river four. city the sting of moonlight harp just like the point of water in a canal and the locks of cause at sunrise whilst the extent of the darkish is introduced down to that of the sunshine settle for the darkish massed black quarter of blindness settle for it eyes yet right here the darkish has been stolen in a sack laden with a pebble and drowned there's no longer any darkish five. manufacturing unit right here it's sunrise forever hour of awakening hour of progressive prophecy hour of the embers useless time of the times paintings endlessly there we equipped the evening as we lit the fireplace lay down in it pulled up the darkish as blanket close to fields have been the breath of animals asleep quiet because the earth hot because the hearth chilly is the soreness of believing heat won't ever go back right here evening is time forgotten everlasting sunrise and within the chilly I dream of ways the pine burnt like a dog’s tongue at the back of its the teeth 6.

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