Posts Tagged ‘A. L. Kennedy’

Unbridled

There have been television programmes and movies that you’ve watched ironically, or not at all, but you’re aware that others took them at face value and accepted what you couldn’t. You often read the papers and then hear their headlines repeated later, undiluted by an intervening thought, stale ideas in strangers’ mouths, and this can disturb you. You worry true believers are out there, like fierce toddlers needing to have their own way, hoping to turn their whole species their own way: to unleash the unbridled market, unbridled government, unbridled precepts from unforgiving gods. You suspect they want to mark you with mythical whips, prepare you in their stories, dreams, laws, so that you will bleed in this world and the next. Their posturing can seem ridiculous, but also a genuine risk.

A. L. Kennedy, The Blue Book

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Consider your love

Consider your love, focus, perhaps briefly close your eyes and entertain its full effect, let it come awake, flare in you like music, so it touches your sides and tickles, turns and strains against you, like the finest music – no electronic assistance necessary – like the songs that change your heart, that walk you through public places as if you’re dancing, that make you feel like dancing, as if you’re running out beneath close thunder and letting it lift your hair and make you dance.

A. L. Kennedy, The Blue Book

Read Full Post »

In the tide of who she is

This felt, as it always does, like hunger and freedom and finding and wearing and racing and dancing and burning and having and laughing and fucking and bracing himself in the tide of who she is, the slap of it against his chest.

A. L. Kennedy, The Blue Book

Read Full Post »

And anything but this

And anything but this and anything but this and anything but this she can deal with. Anything but him. Like lovers. We were lovers. We are. We were. We are.

A. L. Kennedy, The Blue Book

Read Full Post »

Middle ground

You tend to give others your middle ground. Which is prudent. Human beings are not intended to be comprehensive in their expression of themselves. If they were, they would be terrifying. They would always mean too much.

A. L. Kennedy, The Blue Book

Read Full Post »

Each other’s gloves

You would have to go. But you can’t go. You couldn’t go. You couldn’t leave while his voice is purring in your skull, purring and curling and thinking your thoughts and you look at your hands and feel his fingers, as if you have become each other’s gloves – and the sound of his breath and when he swallows could set you falling, could take you to a place where you might weep, where you are far out of your mind, but still at home in it, at liberty inside yourself as you have never been.

A. L. Kennedy, The Blue Book

Read Full Post »

On his best days

On his best days, he is racked with music to the point of helpless smiling.

A. L. Kennedy, The Blue Book

Read Full Post »