Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Subject: *** for adults only ***



Date: 08:20 AM 2/13/99

warning - sensitive material enclosed.


from the wooden frame above where the gunpowder waits there are also suspended a number of nets and trapezes. from here acrobats swing over the square, casting grotesque shadows on the dancers below. now and again, one will dangle by the knees and snatch a kiss from whoever is standing below. i like such kisses. they fill the mouth and leave the body free. to kiss well one must kiss solely. no groping hands or stammering hearts. the lips and the lips alone are the pleasure. passion is sweeter split strand by strand. divided and re-divided like mercury then gathered up only at the last moment.

and so, from the first, we separated our pleasure. [he] lay on the rug and i lay at right angles to [him] so that only our lips might meet. kissing in this way is the strangest of distractions. the greedy body that clamors for satisfaction is forced to content itself with a single sensation and, just as the blind hear more acutely and the deaf can feel the grass grow, so the mouth becomes the focus of love and all things pass through it and are re-defined. it is a sweet and precise torture.


jeanette winterson, the passion

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