i’ve added more blog links, so check them out and say hello. today i bought fancy paper (100% cotton) and printed out my thesis…yes, that means it’s done! i am still working on the preface, but i should finish that tomorrow and then i have to deliver it to the program office…that will be a wonderful drive into san francisco with manuscript in hand. oh yeah, if anyone is going to be in SF on AUG 22 and 23, i will be reading at USF as part of our graduate reading…so you are invited!
this HD post is going to be fun! especially for all you HD HATERS! if you ever thought HD was cliche, boring, out-dated, hippie, crazy, etc…then HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO VOICE IT!!! OR, if you’re like me, and you like HD but also like to have fun making fun of poets (where’s Kent Johnson when you need him), this is the blog for you.
Sections 31 & 32 are all about HD responding to either a real critic (maybe pound or williams or freud) or an internal critic (in the same way she addresses critics who argue that poetry is useless — see section 8 and 10 — HD BLOG 7). This was the wrong time for me to read these two sections (which is basically a list of various ways to read and criticize her project) because i was struggling to finish my manuscript and there are some lines here that i swear she was talking about my poems. it was not fun.
So my questions are, after you read these two sections,
DO YOU FEEL HD DESERVES THESE CRITIQUES (as in, “you find all this”)?
DO ANY OF THESE DESCRIPTIONS APPLY TO YOUR OWN WORK?
DO ANY OF THESE DESCRIPTIONS DESCRIBE THE HD BLOG? (you wont hurt my feelings;)
HOW WOULD YOU ARTICULATE HD’S DEFENSE?
for each comment, i will donate $1 to the “Psychoanalysis for Dogs Foundation.”
a pure core of burning cerebration,
jottings on a margin,
indecipherable palimpsest scribbled over
with too many contradictory emotions,
search for finite definition
of the infinite, stumbling toward
vague cosmic expression,
folder round a spiritual bank-account,
with credit-loss too starkly indicated,
a riot of unpruned imagination,
jottings of psychic numerical equations,
runes, superstitions, evasions,
invasion of the over-soul into a cup
too brittle, a jar too circumscribed,
a little too porous to contain the out-flowing
at the wedding; barren search,
arrogance, over-confidence, pitiful reticence,
boasting, intrusion of strained
illusion of lost-gods, daemons;
gambler with eternity,
intiate of the secret wisdom,
bride of the kingdom,
reversion of old values,
oneness lost, madness.
Depth of the sub-conscious spews forth
too many incongruent monsters
and fixed indigestible matter
such as shell, pearl; imagery
done to death; perilous ascent,
ridiculous descent; rhyme, jingle,
overworked assonance, nonsense,
juxtaposition of words for words’ sake,
without meaning, undefined; imposition,
deception, indecisive weather-vane;
disagreeable, inconsequent syllables,
too malleable, too brittle,
clash of opposites, fight of emotion
and sterile invention —
you find all this?
conditioned to the discrimination
of the colours of the lunar rainbow
and the outer layers of the feathers
of the butterfly’s antennae,
we were caught up by the tornado
and deposited on no pleasant ground,
but we found the angle of incidence
equals the angle of reflection;
separated from the wandering stars
and the habits of the lordly fixed ones,
we noted that even the erratic burnt-out comet
has its peculiar orbit.
– bank account and credit loss is probably a reference to the Great Depression.
(painting by Carl Bloch)
– the water-into-wine can be found in John chapter 2. (also, this marriage plays a prominent role in Dostoevsky’s Brothers Karamazov.
1 The third day, there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there.
2 Jesus also was invited, with his disciples, to the marriage.
3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine.”
4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever he says to you, do it.”
6 Now there were six water pots of stone set there after the Jews’ manner of purifying, containing two or three metretes apiece.
7 Jesus said to them, “Fill the water pots with water.” They filled them up to the brim.
8 He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the ruler of the feast.” So they took it.
9 When the ruler of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and didn’t know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the ruler of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when the guests have drunk freely, then that which is worse. You have kept the good wine until now!”
– “depth of sub-conscious” is probably a reference to psychoanalysis and Freud. (see photo above).
– the angle of incidence is the angle formed by a ray incident on a surface and a perpendicular to the surface at the point of incidence.
– the angle of reflection is the angle formed by a reflected ray and a perpendicular to the surface at the point of reflection.