John Guillory in “It Must Be Abstract” has the following to say about ‘pleasures’:
Complex pleasures may be mixtures of pleasure and pain, but complex pleasures are only preferable to simple ones when it is complex pleasures that we seek. (pp. 74-75)
But do we all know what kind of pleasure we are seeking? Some people are deliberately clueless. This is true.
Like cubist fragments
Pleasure and pain are separate together
Each a reflection of the other
Giving us the message
of their abstracted pieces
Complexity and simplicity
Mirror each other
For there is simplicity in complexity
And complexity in simplicity
It all depends of how you dream it
Pleasure and pain are so intertwined that each would be impossible to extricate…..a mother experiencing the intense, agonising pain related to birth finds that pain dissipates and disppears at the moment when her baby is laid on her bare flesh….The pain transforms into ecstasy….