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Never Put Your Feet Where Your Eyes Cain’t See: A Meditation on Deepness

Never Put Your Feet Where Your Eyes Cain’t See: A Meditation on Deepness Sara e . John Son n e ver p ut your Feet Where your e yes c ain’ t s ee A Meditation on Deepness Deep is a spati al term, one that has significantly more powerful social and psychological dimensions Well into than other adjectiv es such as narrow or wide. The word has a long-st anding connot ation as a synonym their young for profound. In 1845 Frederick Douglass wrote of adulthood, how he did not underst and the “deep meaning” of slave songs when he was still captiv e (28). Lunsford my family Lane, another former slave, reflected in 1842 about members how bitter it was to be under the tot al control of another human being, writing ,“deep was this feel- treated injuries ing and it preyed upon my heart like a never-dy- as follows: ing worm” (8). When uttered aloud in the present moment, the expression “deep” conti nues to mark they cleaned an observation of importance and complexit y that the wound and invites lingering pause and reflection. Although deep is an adjectiv e that signifies the disinfected aff ective, it is grounded in unit s of measurement it with connected to the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Southern Literary Journal University of North Carolina Press

Never Put Your Feet Where Your Eyes Cain’t See: A Meditation on Deepness

The Southern Literary Journal , Volume 48 (1) – Jul 3, 2016

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University of North Carolina Press
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Copyright © 2008 the Southern Literary Journal and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of English.
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Abstract

Sara e . John Son n e ver p ut your Feet Where your e yes c ain’ t s ee A Meditation on Deepness Deep is a spati al term, one that has significantly more powerful social and psychological dimensions Well into than other adjectiv es such as narrow or wide. The word has a long-st anding connot ation as a synonym their young for profound. In 1845 Frederick Douglass wrote of adulthood, how he did not underst and the “deep meaning” of slave songs when he was still captiv e (28). Lunsford my family Lane, another former slave, reflected in 1842 about members how bitter it was to be under the tot al control of another human being, writing ,“deep was this feel- treated injuries ing and it preyed upon my heart like a never-dy- as follows: ing worm” (8). When uttered aloud in the present moment, the expression “deep” conti nues to mark they cleaned an observation of importance and complexit y that the wound and invites lingering pause and reflection. Although deep is an adjectiv e that signifies the disinfected aff ective, it is grounded in unit s of measurement it with connected to the

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The Southern Literary JournalUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Jul 3, 2016

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