Tuesday, November 12, 2013

You know what black leather jackets are NOT good for?


You know what black leather jackets are NOT good for?
They are not good for keeping out the cold crouched 
under a neighbor’s porch at 11 thirty-eight.
Then, you have to sink your hollow belly 
into baggy sweat pants
And wait.
And wonder, in the while, 
what spider you might have flicked into a candle, 
as you shift weight,
& reflect on the downside of canceling Verizon,
and listen through your jawbone 
as midnight gives way.
and get to admiring a couple smoking night, 
but anyway, what would I say?
What line could I approach them
/ slash
cut myself open with? 
You know what black leather jackets are NOT good for?

WJT Mitchell — Notes on Picture Theory

In analyzing the “pictorial turn” in his book Picture Theory, Mitchell begins by raising important questions about how images reference t...