The appearance of shelf-life problems can be wide ranging, including oxidative browning, oxidation of flavor compounds (especially in a lipid phase), syneresis (weeping and watering) or deliquescence
(stickiness and unusual patterns of crystallization).
The title's "passing" as a metaphor for the fluctuation and eventual deliquescence
of Grandison's feelings towards Colonel Owens euphemizes the cheerful self-slaughter of the prodigal slave (indeed, the colonel "kill[s] the fatted calf" for him) and replaces him with a resolute freedman.
Then he answers himself: "Marx, that's who." He calls Oppen's failures "political and psychological." And because Oppen corresponded with Robert Duncan, Feld includes Duncan in his assessment of the Objectivists, and he says the San Francisco poet's fade-out was "a product of social, political, sexual, and almost masonic deliquescence
." Whatever the reason, "the effect on me is to read the poets we call Objectivist or Black Mountain or countertraditional with less and less relish each time.
Whether writing on the deliquescence
of communism in eastern Europe, the
Hamlet's deeply ambivalent response to the ghost resides, I would suggest, in his inability to reconcile its implicit contradictions: the seeming vitality of its determinate form (the ghost as idol), with the materiality of its unbecoming--the mindlessly generative rot within, the undiscriminating deliquescence
. Thus the apparition emblematizes an unfixable margin between life/death, process/stasis, partition/unity.
Resignation is not quite the same as negotiated deliquescence
Rats, teeming, promiscuous and unseen, were also responsible for transmitting pestilence, and thereby associated in popular and middle-class mythology with other forms of contagion: the Vichy milicien oath which contained a commitment to fight against 'la lepre juive' is evidence enough, as is the more general association between Judaism and 'la pourriture', an established synomym for venereal deliquescence
(Lasowski, 1982: 10-11).
One notable assumption of many febrile invocations of the global is that we are currently seeing a deliquescence
of the nation-state.
There's bound to be some loose talk about global warming and the deliquescence
of the ice-caps but everybody knows in their hearts that this calamity is most likely to happen long after they themselves have expired.
I knew the euphoria of metal, the atavism of the cell, white nights of burning ice, the derangement of flesh, the deliquescence
of dreams, the clarity of death.
Similarly, she argues, Jews and gays have been associated, to their great detriment and pain, with deliquescence