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Stillpoint Magazine curates contemporary writers, scholars & artists to understand what is behind the ‘I’. Issue 007: DESIRE OUT NOW

by SEQUOIA BARNES • 006: SEIZE

What does it mean to be undecidable?

Jacques Derrida states that to be undecidable is to be “[in] accordance with what is only ostensibly a paradox, this particular undecidable opens the field of decision or of decidability. It calls for decision in the order of ethical-political responsibility.” This means that those deemed to be “undecidables” are disruptive to the illusion of politics masquerading as ethics or morality, i.e., what is seen as good or bad, safe or dangerous. …


by ANNE MARIE WIRTH CAUCHON• 007: DESIRE

SHRINE MAIDENS OF THE UNSEELIE COURT, a video game by artist Tabitha Nikolai

I’d hoped to offer you ecstasy, but I’m forced to start with mourning. Maybe you are too: mourning a loss acute and endless, mourning something difficult to name, something always just out of reach, mourning something you suddenly realize you never held in the first place. There is no perfect life. So I, and we, have learned the hard way that inside of desire you’ll find impossibility, and grief.

Your desire might be full of grief but also rage, strings of words: proclamations or lamentations or persuasions wrapping round and round the other…


From ‘Totemizing the Taboo, or Seizing the Fortress of Whiteness’ by CARLOS PADRÓN • 006: SEIZE

from video (BE)LONGING by artist CANNUPA HANSKA LUGER

The Covid-19 pandemic magnified and exacerbated numerous pre-existing obscenities that inhere in our society and that many of us disavow: the systemic inequalities within American society that are organized through the structure of whiteness and the legacies of colonialism. With Covid, some white people have been exposed to the helplessness, the vulnerability, death, illness, anxiety, trauma, uncertainty, and physical and mental un-safety that communities of color have routinely undergone for years. Some white people’s current abnormality is a small taste of BIPOC normality. In…


by ANNE MARIE WIRTH CAUCHON• 005: DAZE

Still from MOLOTOV COCKTAIL HOUR by David Peterka

We’ve set ourselves quite a task at Stillpoint Magazine. In each issue, we peer into the future to determine a word that will evoke the global zeitgeist three or six months hence. Our recent selections have been eerily prescient: Issue 004: APOCALYPSE, for example, launched just as lockdown began and global society was altered, perhaps forever. And now, Issue 005: DAZE. How are you feeling these days? A bit confused? Overwhelmed? Disoriented? Unsure of how — or on what basis — to orient, decide, or act?

Us too. So, we’ve brought together a…


by ANNE MARIE WIRTH CAUCHON• 006: SEIZE

Maybe there’s no way to reach you, save for this message in a pixelated bottle, all truths having been flattened, disembodied, unmoored in the death-throes of asymmetrical dominance, or the metastasizing spread of the digital.

I’ll move on. And tell you about the gift I seized from beside a grove of olive trees, just past a valley inside the West Bank Barrier Wall. It’s a broken top of a bottle I wore as a ring until it split, its better half buried in a drawer somewhere, lost from view. Metonym of the incarcerations…


by GOHAR HOMAYOUNPOUR • 006: SEIZE

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My associations take me from seizure to epilepsy, from dizziness to falling down.

Ring-a-ring-a-roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down.

According to Fitzgerald this nursery rhyme arose during the Black Death, an outbreak of pneumonic plague that affected London in the years 1665 and 1666. As he tells us:

“Ring-a-Ring-a-Roses” is all about the…


by PROFESSOR JERMAINE SINGLETON • 005: DAZE

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Once again, CNN is on a twenty-four-hour coverage loop. My attention toggles between work and civic unrest in HD. Another Black person dies at the hands of a police officer; however, there is something distinctly different this time: the murder was captured on video from multiple angles by bystanders. The video features officer Derek Chauvin slowly choking the…


by MAKENA ONJERIKA • 005: DAZE

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THE VICTIM

The pickpocket had probably thought him a tourist. And he might as well have been one. He’d last been in the central business district seven months before, at night, attending a performance by a Malian Afrofusion artist at the Alliance Française, located at the very edge of the CBD, so that even then, he had not really come into…


by MATT COLQUHOUN • ISSUE 004: APOCALYPSE

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Contradictions abound in the work of D.H. Lawrence. Every book, no matter its genre or subject matter, seems to interrogate the similarities between opposites that should — one would expect — cancel each other out. He has been called, at various stages of his life, a communist and a fascist, a pornographer and a poet. He was, undoubtedly…


by AARON SHULMAN• ISSUE 004: APOCALYPSE

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“Hola,” a message I received through Instagram chat last May began. “I spent a lot of time with Leopoldo María Panero.”

This opener naturally got a response from me. Two months earlier my book about the Panero family of Spain had come out, a non-fiction saga about a mother and father and three sons, all writers, who had turned their own dramatic dissolution into a collective work of art. …

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