Intimacy: inseparable from separation

John Paul Ricco

What do we mean when we say that we “make the bed?” Is the making involved here the same making as when we talk about “making love?” Exactly what kind of “making” are we talking about, and what is it that is being made by these forms of poiesis? “Making” (poiesis) would here seem to refer to a kind of doing (praxis), yet a doing such that in nothing being “made” or produced—neither the bed nor love—we might say that the making of love and the making of the bed are the inoperative praxis of poiesis. They are workless forms of making, and thus affirm—through love or the bed—that that love and that bed are always already unmade. Continue reading