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Thoughts While Reading Aristotle's Ethics at a Chinese Restaurant in China Where I am Stared At




Thoughts While Reading Aristotle’s Ethics at a Chinese Restaurant
in China Where I am Stared at.





He who sets his mind to learn

sits down at the edge of being

where there is nothing there as yet

and matter waits for a new pattern,

a teenage girl at a tattoo parlor.



How can shapeless matter

be a teenage girl

at a tattoo parlor?



And if there is nothing there as yet

how can there be matter there at all?

Questions I hear asked me by the people.




Ilya Gutner



Ilya Gutner was born in the Soviet Union in Moscow and grew up in New York. Was for a time a PhD student in Slavic Studies at Brown but that soon ceased to be an option. Studies philosophy now in Shanghai, China. Google services make not of one small set of things published with the Ottoman Estate under a collective title, Poem about how to live; something quite childish for Boston University's Clarion magazine; and a long silence gathering up  things to say since then.

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