animals; difficulty of explaining these*

Anne Stuart

 

I

Derrida’s cat

What we men call animal, animaux no,

l’animot, should bring us back to the name, the thing – as such

to speak across …  the abyss

as always on my lips, on the tip of my tongue

as if, in the instant I had said (or was going to say), the

forbidden something

the something that shouldn’t be said – this something (un)said between us —

our naked{ness} the shame          this naked man (sous rature) gazed at by this

{irreplaceable} living           being

derrida’s     {  cat

 

Contains text from Jacques Derrida, The Animal That Therefore I Am (More to Follow).

 

II

Lévinas’s dog

Fallingsbotel Concentration Camp:

a wandering dog

endured in a desolate region of the Camp

greeted a rabble of prisoners, daily:

 

Bobby’s bark, wagging tail!

irrepressible,

and this, his saying, across

the [infinitely] unspeakable space,

said

— there was no doubt

we were men . . .

 

Contains some text from Emmanuel Lévinas, The Name of the Dog or Natural Rights.

 

III

Heidegger’s bee

I tricked her from murmuring her munificent

Being

as in the suck of honey,

she had to prove she could not cope with all the honey

present

in the little bowl.

 

As I carefully cut away her abdomen while she sucked, yet, even still, she silently sucked —

as the honey poured out         from         behind:

 

which I say,

speaks of

 

Contains some text from Martin Heidegger, The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude.

 

 

 

 

* — F.W. J. Schelling, On the History of Modern Philosophy

 

Anne Stuart is a doctoral candidate at Queensland’s Griffith University. Her doctoral project seeks to read the poetry of Kathleen Jamie through the philosophy of Emmanuel Lévinas and read the poetry of Francis Ponge through Paul Ricoeur’s hermeneutical imagination. Anne won the Griffith University School of Humanities Poetry Prize in 2015.

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