composition of a poem : thought without language, for the choice of words takes place without the help of words.
Simone Weil, The Notebooks of —, Vol. I (Arthur Wills, trans.; 1956) : 37
Dancers say they will never consider a word capable of corresponding to the motion it describes.
— Lizzie Feidelson, “The Merce Cunningham Archives.” n+1 (20 May 2013) *
(great essay, particularly the passage about written notation)
SW did not write aphorisms; this and earlier passages appear in constellations of linked ideas, throughout the notebooks. Not fragments, rather steps, pauses in thinking/writing. Brings to mind the unpublished/unfinished writing of C. S. Peirce.
Let every activity have at its centre some moments of interruption.
Weil, op. cit. : 96
tags: interruption; thought forms; words; Merce Cunningham; Simone Weil