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15 DEC 05

AbecedariumThis morning, when its spine bead offered a pink greeting from the shelf of chaps, it occurred to me that Maureen Thorson's Abecedarium would make a perfect holiday gift--it is so seriously festive. The poems range widely ("Argonauts" to "Zeno").
From "Yak":

. . .  You stand for
nothing but your bones, your hair,
your milk and the strength you have
to pull some cart along. In a world
increasingly beyond the avant-garde,
you are shockingly precise, and thus--
the newest, hippest, solid thing.
. . .

Only 26 copies exist! Three dollars? It's not too late.

[I posted the above around 1 a.m. Just now, making my lunchtime rounds, I discovered that Abecedarium has sold out! Like Maureen says, you gotta move on these things. Congratulations to those who did.]

 

13 DEC 05
That which you are, that only you can see. (Emerson) "That's a good direction for you."
One time I thought that something was about to happen, in the future. It was in the time when we first met. I think I thought that somebody would die. What was really happening was: I was about to change.

All art arises from longing. All science too. All night I dreamed of two things. Like any postman with a thousand paintings in his attic. "They can get lost. They burn."

They all come back to the body. ("Breathe like the character you're playing.")

When we talked about a "dream come true," I didn't know what you were telling me. Matted. With some mats on top. "It was my nature."

Workmen hammering outside. Blaring radio, "Born to Be Wild." How did that all work out?

 

11 DEC 05
The word 'war' is rooted in an 11th-century German word for confusion and perplexity, and is intimately related to 'discord,' which, when broken down to its most literal parts, means 'the heart in two.' This revelation--that the germ of war could be conceptualized as a rupture at the core of an individual--became the starting point for my new project, The Broken Teacup, a series of five animated films based on short stories by Franz Kafka. (Shawn Atkins)

storyboard by Atkins & Radev Storyboard for The Broken Teacup: Shawn Atkins & Todor Radev

 

9 DEC 05

Back at it.

 

7 DEC 05
Emerson copied out long passages in which Goethe talks about originality and the influence of others. Far from feeling a need to do nothing except what is completely original and novel, Goethe actually defines genius as "the faculty of seizing and turning to account every thing that strikes us." He protested that he himself would have got nowhere "if this art of appropriation were considered derogatory to genius." It was enormously helpful to Emerson to hear Goethe committing himself so clearly to the extensive and frank reuse of others' material. This method Emerson already found congenial.

...

Along with Emerson's freedom to take whatever struck him went the equally important obligation to ignore what did not. Emerson read widely and advised others to do so, but he was insistent about the dangers of being overwhelmed and overinfluenced by one' s reading... He thought one should "learn to divine books, to feel those that you want without wasting much time on them." It is only worthwhile concentrating on what is excellent and for that "often a chapter is enough." He encouraged browsing and skipping. "The glance reveals what the gaze obscures. Somewhere the author has hidden his message. Find it, and skip the paragraphs that do not talk to you."

(Robert D. Richardson Jr., Emerson: The Mind On Fire)

 

5 DEC 05

uses of poetry

- Do you think of poetry as being useful?

- Yes, it has been to me.

- Tell me some of the ways it has been useful to you personally.

- It makes me feel that being human is a good thing. Being human--and even just being the way I am, I'm not completely alone.

- So a use of poetry is to feel connected to other people?

- To feel human. And to feel that being human is...an okay thing.

- It makes you feel that being human is an okay thing because it allows a connection between you and others?

- I guess. I guess it makes me feel like we're all okay somehow. [starts to cry]

- How does poetry cause that feeling?

- I don't know.

 

3 DEC 05

"Everything is slightly hidden from me, all the time. I don't think it was this way when I was younger. Though maybe things just felt different then, because I thought it would change."

Outside, the light, the landscape.

Messages were everywhere.

(Bersenbrugge: "the landscape will comply")

 

1 DEC 05

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