Yet Houellebecq is darker even than Beckett, and would never allow himself, or us, those lyric transports that flickeringly
illuminate the Beckettian night.
And so the original, primitive moment of universal truth, flickeringly
there at Heidelberg, fades away into partisan bitterness.
The result of this projection, combined with other contrasts and antitheses underscored in "Rough Music" and in many Mitchell poems where people often seem less real than the objects and atmosphere surrounding them, is a day-for-night pentimento of texture, tone' and theme: while the inanimate world in these poems seems charged with numinousness, their people live flickeringly
illusory--if not Dantean -- half-lives; they are spirits sparked into momentary existence by the over-aestheticized sensibilities of their creators.
There is much here that is concrete, earthy, sensual, yet the book seeks to push open those doors within us and without that allow our gaze to settle, albeit briefly and puzzledly, because flickeringly
, upon the metaphysical mysteries that hang spectrally yet really about us, forces intuitable and at times plainly visible leaping merrily beyond our daily rationalizations.