In the summer of , while vacationing in Spain, Gertrude Stein began to write short prose poems on discrete objects and little events (shopping, eating. Tender Buttons. Objects · Food · Rooms. Gertrude Stein. This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17, at. Tender Buttons is the best known of Gertrude Stein's "hermetic" works. It is a small book separated into three sections - Food, Objects and Rooms each.


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Gertrude stein tender buttons sight a whole sight and a little groan grinding makes a trimming such a sweet singing trimming and a red thing not a round thing but a white gertrude stein tender buttons, a red thing and a white thing.

The disgrace is not in carelessness nor even in sewing it comes out out of the way. What is the sash like. The sash is not like anything mustard it is not like a same thing that has stripes, it is not even more hurt than that, it has a little top.


Out of kindness comes redness and out of rudeness comes rapid same question, out of an eye comes research, gertrude stein tender buttons of selection comes painful cattle. So then the order gertrude stein tender buttons that a white way of being round is something suggesting a pin and is it disappointing, it is not, it is so rudimentary to be analysed and see a fine substance strangely, it is so earnest to have a green point not to red but to point again.

A place in no new table.

The making of 'Tender Buttons'

A single image is not splendor. A sign of more in not mentioned. A piece of coffee is not a detainer. The resemblance to yellow is dirtier and distincter.

Tender Buttons, by Gertrude Stein

The clean mixture is whiter and not coal color, never more coal color than altogether. The sight of a reason, the same sight slighter, the sight of a simpler negative answer, the same sore sounder, the intention to gertrude stein tender buttons, the same splendor, the same furniture.

The time to show a message is when too late and later there is no hanging in a blight. A not torn rose-wood color.

Tender Buttons by Gertrude Stein

It also conveys a refusal to reduce all things to thematization. Illegibility at the level of the signifier thus occurs because Stein gestures to the writing of a nonhuman language, if such a thing is possible.


The relation of objects to other objects cannot be reproduced in a human-based subject-verb-object grammar. Thus, if objects themselves could talk, perhaps indeed their speech would sound like the subjectless segments of Tender Buttons.

Of course, inanimate objects have no thoughts and no mouths, but this still does not mean that objects have gertrude stein tender buttons bearing on matters of concern in the world.

Objects have narratives of their own, narratives not dependent on our observations and our language. Objects themselves do not have their own intentions, but this does not mean they are entirely reducible to the realm of human intentions.

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Bruno Latour has discussed repeatedly how objects need not be recognized as full-fledged subjects but still perform as agents, doing things in the world.

That this communication will be at least partially anthropomorphic does not defeat its relevance for representing nonhuman language. The existence of things is defined by activities and conditions such as use, disuse, juxtaposition, being out of reach, contact, breakdown, repetition, etc.

Words can replicate these relations and not appear to make sense, from the viewpoint of standard grammar. But from the viewpoint of things, these relations, written as words, are descriptive fantasies of the world objects exist in. Stein uses so much repetition in part because this is a primary gertrude stein tender buttons of existence of technical objects, especially modern machines.

Indeed, there is something inhuman about repetition to begin with — computers will ponder forever the difference between a zero and a one. Yet even inanimate things speaking need not be far-fetched — modernist objects as various as newspapers, telephones, gramophones, and dolls emit language shaped partially by their material qualities as things.

If a toilet, perhaps this is the first poem ever written as an ode gertrude stein tender buttons toilet paper.

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