TOBY MARTINEZ DE LAS RIVAS
MINERVA / Series I: Materials curates poetry PDFs that use a specific thread of 'material' running throughout 4 poems in some way.
Toby, [why] crucifixions:
Although we think of history as moving, as continuing, and as ourselves as bound up in its flow, it is my view that history has already ended; or, rather, that history’s telos has been reached, and that what remains is an endless recapitulation, an after-echo of that moment of attainment, rather like the ripples in a lake moving outward from the point at which a stone hits the water – I refer to the crucifixion, and believe it to be the defining image of Man, which no other image can supercede, though our species thrives and spreads to every corner of the universe. Whatever we may hope, what we finally know is that each of us must come to terms with and fulfill the image of a man or woman hanging in agony, abandoned and alone.
Whether we can grasp the consolation that is offered as part of this dynamic of suffering and loss is a personal and private matter for each of us, but prior to that, and upon which that consolation and hope is contingent, there rises the image of the cross, the fundamental and perfect precept and representation of existence – imprinted in the smallest micro-organism, and looming between the very poles of the physical universe, from the beginning to the end.