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Lera Auerbach, The Trouble Clef

The Shadows of Memories [by Lera Auerbach]

Untitled [Oil on Canvas] by Lera Auerbach


  1. Forgetting Ignorance

The world is created anew. I often fail to see it and think as if it was still the old world that I knew. I forget my ignorance.

My mother doesn’t own a computer and doesn’t understand how the Internet works. It’s all mundanely miraculous and miraculously mundane to her. I try to explain but realize that I don’t understand it either. I can navigate it, but I do not know who or what is staring at me from the other side of the screen.


  1. Reflection

I spit out blood from my bleeding gums and, looking at the sink, see my death.


  1. The Shadows of Memories

One can think about so many things and nothing at all.
How can nothing be something?
How can nothing be?

Can a shadow cast a shadow?
Perhaps within each shadow lies a deeper shadow, just like within the first death, lies the second death. 
If a person can be born more than once, it’s possible that after he is dead, he dies again – a death within death from which it is impossible to return. In this second death, he loses not only his memories but the shadows of memories.

When did Eurydice die?

September 03, 2021

August 27, 2021

August 20, 2021

August 13, 2021

August 06, 2021

July 30, 2021

July 23, 2021

July 16, 2021

July 09, 2021

July 02, 2021

June 18, 2021

June 04, 2021

May 28, 2021

May 20, 2021

May 14, 2021

May 07, 2021

April 30, 2021

April 23, 2021

April 16, 2021

April 09, 2021

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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