Had to read this one a couple of times – it’s imaginative and convoluted.  First the image of ‘the body heat of your vision’ and then that tumbling phrase, ‘singing a serenade in a fur coat behind a double set of windows’.  I hope it never happens to you.

‘Standing before a picture to which the body heat of your vision has still not adjusted itself, for which the crystalline lens has not yet found the single suitable accommodation, is exactly like singing a serenade in a fur coat behind a double set of windows.’

Source: Osip Mandelstam, Journey to Armenia, trans. Sidney Monas, London: Notting Hill Editions, 2011, p. 79

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