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MFA Thesis Report / Manifesto
MFA Thesis Report / Manifesto
2007

Description: Page 25 of 29 (APPENDIX III)

‘Then the words don’t fit you,’ said the King. 27

THE TIP OF THE TONGUE

There is a space that exists UPON the tip-of-the-tongue, a site of profound intrinsic curiosity. Taste aside; it is concerned with imminence and inaccessibility, language and memory. Sometimes the first word out of our mouth is hardly a word at all, but rather this inarticulate sound that is more closely related to what we would identify as gesture. Suspended, held at the cusp of verbalization, there is something there and you feel it strongly. It is a haunting moment; it is a structure of feeling. According to Freud, the investigation of such a quality is more aesthetic than psychoanalytic in its scope (Gordon 50). I find myself in a position to concur.