The Wondering Workshop

Israeli authors and poets creating in English

“We Need To Talk”

Written By: Uri Lifshitz - May• 30•10

Actant is described as tired but smiling. The elaborate description of his eyes meeting those of Subject of Desire is indicative of the tension between them. The setting moves into the scene: The large windows that expose them to the street, symbolic background sounds and the large wooden table that sets them apart. There is a simple easiness in the mentioning of the way she drinks from his glass. This small detail gives away more information on the nature of their affair than any choice of words. The language is simple and elegant, not taking attention from the yet unmentioned topic of their conversation. The cliché manner in which he notices the scent of her hair or the captivated way her eyes follow his words are not described.

Actant states that he tries to seem more at ease, Subject of Desire direct him as to how to be so. The narrative appreciates the way they carry the drama between them by using an elusive symmetry in the description of their body language and the setting. Subject of Desire probes Actant’s interest, he tries to evade and then willingly falls blindly into her trap. There is no hint that this excitement is enhanced because it is forbidden. All the gusts of drama and sweeping emotions are well hidden within the text. There is no mentioning of the jealousy that was already professed, no word regarding prior desires and rejections.

Not even a whisper about last night.

Actant spontaneously decides to show Subject of Desire how he really feels. She pretends to hide her reactions well. He gives her no reason to think differently. Deep down they both know that they just wrote the prologue of their next drama.


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