With a broken-down oven, in a hotel kitchen, on an uninhabited island
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Catherine Madsen teaches English in Amherst, Massachusetts. Her essay, “The Law of Relation,” appeared in Issues 162 and 163.
There is something that loves you in the world. The voice that speaks to you within, in the worst despair, is not different from the voice that called the world into being.
They are lovers. He told me last night at 3 a.m., after we had taken several long walks, talking and coming to no resolution. After weeks of fighting, absolutely at cross-purposes, as though we were speaking entirely different languages.
I am in search of the autonomian, the laws that make themselves in a life, growing out of one’s own dilemmas: not the imposed law but the organic law, rooted in the whole mind and heart.