A la recherche du temps perdu











"If love if then if now if the flowers of if the conditional
if of arrows the condition of if
        if to say light to inhabit light if to speak if to live, so
        if to say it is you if love is if your form is if your waist that
pictures the fluted stem if lavender
        if in this field
        if I were to say hummingbird it might behave as an
adjective here
        if not if the heart’s a flutter if nerves map a city if a city
on fire
        if I say myself am I saying myself (if in this instant) as if
the object of your gaze if in a sentence about love you might
write if one day if you would, so
        if to say myself if in this instance if to speak as
another—
        if only to render if in time and accept if to live now as if
disembodied from the actual handwritten letters m-y-s-e-l-f
        if a creature if what you say if only to embroider—a
city that overtakes the city I write."
—  Peter Gizzi, “Chateau If