Song of the Week: “Tilde” by Touché Amoré

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

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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