“It’s one of those phrases that’s like a hallway with lots of doors, rooms to open up.”
Jean-Luc Godard on lines 4-5 of the first Duino Elegy
Beauty is nothing,
as when, in a hotel room,
a woman says to a man:
I’d like to know what’s behind your face.
I’ve been watching it for ten minutes
and I know nothing…nothing.
Beauty is nothing and it’s the beginning of a terror
in which we don’t really know what the police are up to.
Walking around the crowded streets
driving at night from place to place
it seems like we should have been in prison long ago.
So, what’s going on?
Is it their plan to let people like us destroy themselves?
Beauty is a terror we’re still just able to bear
because it’s the terror we’ve dreamed of,
the total terror that each of us carries within,
the one that we secretly wanted to live.