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Between Swallowing and Bruising

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Title:Between Swallowing and Bruising
Authors:Loo, Natasha
Contributors:English (department)
Date Issued:15 Jan 2014
Publisher:University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract:If one seemingly absolute observation can be made about love, it is that love is in part dark matter. Love illuminates us, makes us feel larger than we normally feel. But does it accomplish this by placing us in the shadow of our beloved? The more poetry and fiction I read, the more I find darkness in relation to love. What, then, is darkness? It seems to me a place of the unseen, a place of mystery. Darkness is the womb of formation, where ideas gather and gestate. Before bed, lying comfortably in the hugging darkness as we slip from the conscious to the unconscious, ideas come like magic, and if we don't write them down, they're gone by sunrise. I learned rather quickly after beginning this project that somehow each of us, who all experience love on various levels, knows very little about it. The project began loaded with questions and I had hoped to find answers to each of them: what do all forms of love have in common-maternal, paternal, fraternal, sororal, that for a friend or a lover, for humanity? Why do all, even the most stoic and seemingly frigid humans, seek some form of intimate companionship, whether carnal or intellectual? The search led to more questions and eventually I had to admit to myself that this project is more exploring than defining. I was strongly influenced by short stories, novels, music, artwork, and particularly love poetry. To actually include direct social input into the 'zine, I looked at media and conducted a survey. While most, or perhaps all, humans are driven by the impulse to love and be loved (whether by a fellow human or a goddess or god), the exploration of this phenomenon (formation and ramifications of desire) is relative and contextual. For the most refined understanding of love I believe all forms of interpretation can, and perhaps must, coexist. The willingness to explore our own concepts of love can only better our understanding and existence. Though I've learned through experience that questioning yourself can be difficult, if not unbearable, it is an effective way to see what you're made of, and from there make desired changes in both thought and action.
Pages/Duration:12, 37 pages
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