a series of fragments & notes about Chance, Fate, Context & Intention by Dara Wier
Emily Dickinson’s collected poems do not include any words that begin with the letter “X”.
When I ran across the phrase making sense of the world (in a book about indexing no less) I wondered if I'd often, it can't have been ever, had that feeling, and I thought no.
I can't begin to explain why or how I came to be one of those for whom making sense of the world has not seemed an option.
What----I say, what......how can you call yourself a writer and not want to make sense of the world? I don't know. The desire to make sense of the immensity, mystery, ever changing, surprising, mind boggling, soul stirring, brain rattling this of this world has never been an option.
I respect most people who try to make sense of this world. No, maybe what I mean is that I respect that they do try to make sense of this world. I admire the relentless passion with which humans relentlessly pursue sense. I do. I envy some for whom attempts to make sense of this world bring them right up to the brink.
The brink of what? Not for me to know. I remember the first time I ran my index finger over the surface of a mobius strip (first named in 1858, upon being discovered simultaneously by several mathematicians) (only one of them got his name afixed to the strip with the half-twist turning it into a so-called non orientable object) over and into an almost universally enjoyed metaphysical party trick.
The ant I felt I was being led to believe I can be, started one place and wound up right back where it started having touched both sides of this paper strip (not once knowing what it was doing).
While I relished the pleasure dimensional defiance seemed to confer, I didn't think I could make sense of the world.
To be real, to make sense.
To say something is real causes confusion. Say such and such is real
and everyone's sense of reality is shaken
maybe to the core, maybe so quietly and thoroughly it will never be the same again, maybe beyond repair
maybe all for the better, maybe beyond good
To call anything real puts pressure on me
to think that saying one thing is real seems to being saying there is something else
and maybe that something else is not real
and maybe exhilarating
Is this true----if there's real must there be an unreal?
It's pretty impossible to think that there is anything that is not real. So it must be some kind of deeply understood figure of speech. Our deeply loved brain playing with paradox as it often prefers to do.
Who says there has to be a frame of reference?
there could ever not be a frame of reference. There is always a frame of reference.
Too much narrowed everything and magnified nothing.
To not talk about an idea, is that the same as to not have an idea?
If you can't start anywhere you might as well start somewhere.
Can you make something that serves as, functions as, a conduit that leads to the opposite of the other end of the distant future of something to begin with? Is this possible? Is this desirable? Is this the mobius of logic having its way with my brain?
(confession: in the flesh I could never execute a somersault or tumbleset or skin the cat, in my brain the feeling does exhilarate and amplify)
Parallax. A set of instructions to generate........what?
What is your minimum requirement?
What if there is nothing to disrupt?
THE MECHANICAL REPITITION OF PREVIOUSLY RECEIVED IDEAS OR IMAGES, WITHOUT TRUE REASONING OR FEELING; REPETITION OF WORDS OR PHRASES PARROT-FASHION; AN INSTANCE OF THIS: psittacism (like a parrot)
He was always saying he was an open secret, he suffered from collateral damage, there was nothing but unintended consequences.
The hypothesis is
that the gravitational interaction is mediated
by an – as yet undiscovered –
elementary particle, dubbed
the idea of returning to a poem or piece of prose again and again is not by repeated encounters will you unlock its secrets, at last, finally, once and for all, it's because with every reading your brain is newly wired, because your ever changing brain will not be still, and your encounters will be shaded by your never static state of mind
why words are attracted to one another, how
on account of reading MOBY DICK (in an excellent lab lead by the amazing poet Seth Landman) this happened to me, and I am okay with this: thinking about gravity and why it always feels the same, and why it doesn't seem to hurt (unless you fall through space without your assent, as you trip or take a fall or crash or succumb to something......)
"fleeting impressions floating on a sea of poorly made waters"
It isn't so much that a so-called mixed metaphor is bad (a mixed metaphor can be a combination of disparity that only reckless genius will conceive (or stumble upon) (and when conceived and executed----- on purpose) (on purpose is a sure story to behold))
Naturally an unmixed metaphorical passage can be satisfying the way following a long wave materialize, move and break can be satisfying.