Back in the early nineties I was a philosophy major at Ball State, and one of our core requirements was a course in Symbolic Logic. Of all the things I got from that course, the bit I remember most is the tilde (~), in logic the symbol for negation, where for any proposition X, ~X means “X is not the case” or “It is not the case that X.” Fast forward to 2011 and the song “~” the lead-off track on Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me, a mind blowingly up-ended and up-ending album by Touché Amoré. “I’m parting the sea between brightness and me” the song begins, “before I drown myself and everyone/and everything….” In this, is the negation of the Sublime and the suspension of all disbelief, i.e. the record begins with a miracle, after which it clobbers the miraculous with its claws and its spit and its indomitable spirit.
Matt Hart is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless (Typecast Publishing, 2012). A co-founder and the editor-in-chief of Forklift, Ohio: A Journal of Poetry, Cooking & Light Industrial Safety, he lives in Cincinnati where he teaches at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and plays in the band Travel.
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