Videopoem for the Metaphysics of Love Project
Poem: Carrie Ichikawa Jenkins & Ray Hsu
Camera, editing, grading & music: Swoon
Footage: Dementia 13 (Coppola), Lodewijk van Eekhout & IICADOM
Like the blues, the blue notes
mean many things.
No union is more
profound than marriage
for it embodies the highest ideals
sacrifice and family. One quality
that they all have in common
is that they are lower
than one would expect
Two people become
something greater than once they were.
But this flatness
may take several forms
As some of the petitioners
demonstrate, marriage embodies
a love that may endure
even past death.
On the one hand
it may be a microtonal affair
of a quarter-tone or so.
It would misunderstand
these men and women
to say they disrespect
the idea of marriage.
Here one may speak of neutral
intervals, neither major nor minor
Their plea is that they do
respect it, respect it so deeply
that they seek to find its fulfillment
On the other hand, the lowering
may be by a full semitone—as it must be,
of course, on keyboard instruments.
Their hope is not to be condemned
to live in loneliness, excluded
from one of civilization’s
oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity
in the eyes of the law. It may involve a glide
either upward or downward
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Again, this may be a microtonal, almost imperceptible
affair, or it may be a slur
between notes a semitone apart, so that there
is actually not one blue
note but two
It is so ordered