9 October 2019: the ace of roses/panthers

9 October 2019—Wednesday

 

I have to confess that I have half written a few posts but chickened out about posting them, since they felt undercooked. And the longer I go without posting, the more anxiety surrounds it. So to shake off the cobwebs, a bit of bibliomancy with the books in my bag.

Let me question be:

How best to use the limited time I have to make my writing into something useful my community?

And my methodology:

Flip until it feels right to stop and point at the page, sliding my fingertip until I hit something inadvertently pertinent to my question.

 

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1.     A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin:

“Envy eats you like a worm in an apple. Let’s let out the worm.”

 

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2.     Giulia Bencivenga is a maniac, Giulia Bencivenga:

“The only way forward is through infinite sets/Of holes.”

 

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3.     Entering the Blobosphere: A Musing on Blobs, Laura Hyunjhee Kim

The intention to become an artist is manifested by a blobsession: a desire to harmonize synesthetic experiences, filter the artosphere, and ultimately catalyze the blobosphere into a world where other humans share meaningful experiences as well.

 

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4.     The Descent of Alette, Alice Notley:

“ ‘We will draw cards,’ I said,” “ ‘for who does it” “The one who

 

draws” “the highest card” “performs the act’” “The man handed me”

“a deck of cards” “It contained” “the two suits of” “roses”

“& panthers” “Red roses &” “black panthers” “ ‘Which is the

higher suit?’” “someone asked” “ ‘The highest suit” “is a third suit”

 

“always,’ I said,” “ ‘& this deck” “contains that suit:” “the

composite suit,” “roses/panthers,” “half & half’” “Then I myself

“drew the highest card,” “the ace of” “roses/panthers” “ ‘ I will

do it,’ I said” “ ‘You want me, don’t you,” “to kill the tyrant?”

 

“I will kill him” “but it won’t happen” “quite yet” “I have to

journey first” “farther down” “into this darkness’”

 

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5.     Meander, Spiral, Explode, Jane Alison:

“How about sentences that try to reflect human thought, with its fumblings, pauses, corrections?”

 

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6.     The Divine Comedy 1: Hell, Dante Alighieri, translated by Dorothy L. Sayers:

For there of a sudden I saw three shapes arise,

Three hellish Furies, bolstered all with blood;

Their form and bearing were made woman-wise;

 

Vivid green hydras girt them, and a brood

Of asps and adders, each a living tress,

Writhed round the brows of that fell sisterhood.

 

And, knowing well those handmaids pitiless

Who serve the Queen of everlasting woe:

“Behold,” said he, “the fierce Erinyes.

 

There on the right Alecto howls, and lo!

Megaera on the left; betwixt them wails

Tisiphone.” And he was silent so.

 

They beat their breasts, and tore them with their nails,

Shrieking so loud that, faint and tremulous,

I clutched the poet; and they, with fiercer yells,

 

Cried: “Fetch Medusa!”, glaring down on us,

“Turn him to stone! Why did we not requite—

Woe worth the day!—the assault of Theseus?”

 

“Turn thee about, and shut thine eyelids tight;

If Gorgon show her face and thou thereon

Look once, there’s no returning to the light.”

 

Thus cried the master; nor to my hands alone

Would trust, but turned me himself, and urgently

Pressed my palms close and covered them with his own.

 

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7.     Voice’s Daughter of a Heart Yet to be Born, Anne Waldman:

“Thoroughly attuned nights. Vestals. Way beyond childhood. Gestures indicate desire and not waste time. Identify yourself. I am dithyramb! they shout, back from the dead, power in a chorus: WE WANT…WHAT’S THERE, AND TO SHED INNOCENCE, OCCUPY!

 

How would you interpret this assembly?

Zoe Tuck