Octavio Paz writes in The Double Flame: 'Eroticism is first and foremost a thirst for otherness. And the supernatural is the supreme otherness.’ This is perhaps the most noble aim of poetry, to attach ourselves to the world around us, to turn desire into love, to embrace, finally, what always evades us, what is always beyond, but what is always there—the unspoken, the spirit, the soul.
—Richard Jackson, from his essay “Eros and the Erotics of Writing,” in Radiant Lyre: Essays on Lyric Poetry , ed. by David Baker and Ann Townsend (Graywolf Press, 2007)
Are you talking to yourself?
Yes I’m talking to my selves.
Sometimes we’re just an echo
of what we meant to say.
— Richard Jackson, from “Is This the Person to Whom I Am Speaking,” Out of Place: Poems (The Ashland Poetry Press, 2014)
You who have inhabited me
in the deepest and most broken place,
are going, going.
— Anne Sexton, from “Going Gone,” The Complete Poems: Anne Sexton. Mariner Books, 1999
[…] most U.S. workers see their constant connection with officemates as a positive. In the age of the smartphone, there’s no such thing as “downtime,” and we profess to be happier — and more productive — for it.
Are we, though?…I don’t think so. When we accept this new and permanent ambient workload — checking business news in bed or responding to coworkers’ emails during breakfast — we may believe that we are dedicated, tireless workers. But, actually, we’re mostly just getting the small, easy things done. Being busy does not equate to being effective.
“Everyone who thinks they’re good at multitasking is wrong. We’re actually multiswitching [and] giving ourselves extra work.” Constant connection means that we’re “always at work”, yes, but also that we’re “never at work” — fully.
People and organizations looking for brave new ideas or significant critical thinking need to recognize that disconnection is therefore sometimes preferable to connection. You don’t ask a jogger who just ran six miles to compete in a sprint, so why would you ask an executive who’s been answering a pinging phone all morning to deliver top-drawer content at his next meeting?
However, I do think our cult of connectivity has gone too far. We can’t keep falling prey to ambient work or play. Instead, we must actively decide on our level of tech engagement at different times to maximize productivity, success, and happiness.
~ Michael Harris, If You’re Always Working, You’re Never Working
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