Against Plato

Maybe it is passion we need,
food and drink of another order:
affective, the body touches things
the mind knows nothing of;
neither reason nor emotion guide us
toward that withdrawn realm,
where what is observed observes in return;
yet, at times, we need to waken things
from their deep sleep, track them
into their darkened lairs,
enter into that relation
wherein two become one:
within this bubble, an immanence
churns out of volcanic depths,
emerging: here, just here – a truth is born
that even reason by art or craft,
by number or weight, cannot rescue
from the heart of a philosopher.

     – S.C. Hickman (2012)

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