There is only consternation among the agéd and grunched
— Which they think they can't help — so
Let us therefore cut them some slack, and some quarter.
Adults feel consternation at the disruptive free-arrangements
of what they thought they knew entirely
by the child or the childlike.
(Note the deprecative implicatations that we are
pre-Calculus, The Real Calculus of course being the
pursuit of pure mathematical orderliness and explanation,
and therefore of course the domain & the dumb moan of the adult,
That I am pre-School, The Real School of course being whatever
level has yet been attained by the insultor.)
(Which is only one canonical measure of childishness, not an
impugnment of childlikeness,)
(Though I could stress that I am older than the haiells & the Dols,
it would only incite more leperous pedantry:
"Um, a-heh, I note that you said your age differed from the
difference between the current date and the date clearly recorded
on your birth certificate, which makes me uncomfortable and
(That I am after all schools, after all calculations,
that I'm after everything,
that I hunt them all,
and that I'm both more and less interested in all that
than I was when I was ever before them;
That one is After their prey,
That one is Before an altar,
and that only when
I altered by prayers and
Got up off my academic knees did I
see the uselessness of referring to that at all,
and their ultimate and unending value.)
The child, if one accepts the mantle, has the "advantage" of,
for a time at least, play which has not yet become
consterned in the least with what goes,
At least, they can inhabit that hallowed state
when they are not busy being
paddled simply for speaking.
Actual Welcome, Regall.
You'll have to forgive the pervasive dickishness of
some of the Muds-in-the-sticks around here.
These carrion circlers, without real prey to hunt,
Wait for any word to look weak,
Ready to swoop down and take a quick bite out of any
Infant or meditant, anything that will hold still long enough for their
Limited faculties to both catch sight of and get a grip on.
Their frail constitution means they can only expend a few moments
on the strike, that they don't have the strength to sustain their
immediate confusion beyond the flailing anger at having been
bestirred and disturbed by more
Don't have the vigor to do more than lash out,
Limply, at anyone who would dare raise a point without
Including hundreds of pages of annotations and explanations,
which they wouldn't bother to read anyway because
that's the entire problem.
Why don't they ever try to answer any of their own questions,
Or anybody else's, for that matter?
Why just these flippant gasps, these
Grimacing spittles of venom?
But truly nature shows us that we cannot do without
Their nature is linked with ours.
In fact that we all only have just the one Nature to share.
What we must not do, and what I've done too often,
Is relinquish the baton simply because someone keeps
Chomping my goddamn cellists.
It may be best to mostly ignore them, if it's possible.
Which I can't seem to manage. Yet.
They keep chasing me off, and those who I might prefer to talk to,
Which is entirely wrong.
Because in nature, the lions are never scared off by the vultures.
So let us remember just how little their squacking means to US.
If you are in my pre-math class, or my
Pre-language class, or even my pre-pre class,
Be sure to shake my eyes next time we meet.
I'd be delighted to discover you.
I'll be the one wearing my hurt on my cerebe.
And if we do already know each other,
then nothing pleases me more that you've been
inspirated maybe partly by me to engage along these lines.
But I don't assume to own even that fragment of credit.
Earlier editions of had no (||) symbol bookends.
Only the most recent, "Full-Color Remastered Edition"
Features those disruptive teases.
I'm fascinated by your experience of having picked these books up,
Presumably, recently enough that for you they have always existed there.
Because, for all of us, that is the case, whether we think we care or not.
And even though there was a time when of Leaves was printed without the (||),
it remains accurate to say "this symbol has been around since of Leaves".
If I'm not mistaken, the first printed/distributed version of ,
The "Advance Review Copy" (ARC, tee hee)
didn't have the Concor-dance, and so therefore lacked any inclusion of
Which means printed, distributed copies of each book exist that do not
apparently reference the symbology of the other,
But then a more "colorful" version was unleashed which
I found it a thrilling mutation, to open
HoL: Remastered and discover the intrusion
of an allegedly separate World's
Also, though you maybe haven't reached it yet
(What's your progress through these books?
Take your time, of course!),
there was no violet ink in the earlier HoLs.
Only after the CREEP's unfurling does a
Violet tincture drip into one -bound recollection.
So the books surround each other. Even askance.
You're exactly right, though we can of course refer around it
by any number of analog pseudo-names,
Its namelessness evoking all manner of contortions, a throbbing mutating
Mass of implicit ideas.
Sometimes I draw the shape for someone who's never seen it, and ask them what it is.
"An outlet!" etc.
We don't know what the thing is called, only what it appears to be
at any given question-point.
Meaning as consequence of behavior. Movement together.
And that they might never be consolidated: yes!
Consolidation is an assumed goal of all rational activity,
to Nail things down, to get Clued in to what's Really Going On Here,
but the inconsolable might be just what we're looking at here.
Mythogram. Did you see the first part of this post,
And something I'm working on delve-eloping a bit more,
I just re-read Jacques Derrida write this at the beginning of his
Writing and Difference:
"Our intention here is not, through the simple motions of balancing, equilibration or overturning, to oppose duration to space, quality to quantity, force to form, the depth of meaning or value to the surface of figures. Quite to the contrary. To counter this simple alternative, to counter the simple choice of one of the terms or one of the series against the other, we maintain that it is necessary to seek new concepts and new models, an economy escaping this system of metaphysical oppositions."