Friday, March 16, 2018

Butler Pike

The phenomenology of a recession-
consciousness rots, abraded by the obtrusiveness
of a dull, jagged populace- I stroll down
Butler Pike, snapping pictures of the houses,
& the buildings penetrate into my brain,
more than the people. Architecture is its
own phenomenological explosion, occupying
space inside/outside the mind, standing in now,
for better or for worse, for the people who
could occupy similar space- what I notice,
as sentience emanating from the buildings,
is that architecture is how the human race
expresses its relationship to nature. Here,
our choice is a sturdy yet ethereal harmony,

formidable, eerie, which foresees who might
occupy the houses, & yet chooses to manifest
the ornate over the plebeian, or merely practical.
When the ornate (the aesthetic) is set in place
in the Philadelphia suburbs, it is an expression,
also, of the region's apparitional vision, relation to
a wider world than even material nature; out
into physical space, into the cosmos, against
the restraining force of the earthly. So, in a
roundabout way, I get closer to the individuals
who have planned or charted the buildings
through allowing them (both) to seep into my brain.
Relationships, in recessional times, abstract
themselves- I stretch towards acceptance, spherical.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Monday, January 29, 2018

Equations: 2nd Edition

I am proud to announce the second, emended print edition of Equations on Lulu. Many thanks to Ray Farr.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Apparition Poems: original Blazevox pdf on Docshare

Apparition Poems: the original Blazevox pdf for the 2010 print book on Docshare.

P.S. Here, on Docshare also, in the 2nd, Heller-Burnham cover ed. of Apparition Poems

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Book Possession

I'm fascinated right now with the idea of "book possession"; the sense that books, when placed at the right angles at the right times, can not only take over human brains, but rewire them completely. If there happens to be one book which possesses my brain, it is certainly Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. The Reason, as such, is complicated. Behind Kant comes Keats and the Odes, followed by Milton, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, and (would you believe?) Crowley's Book of the Law, for arcane reasons. I am only going on record here to say that I have seen one of my books possess a human brain precisely once. Yet, I want to clarify and draw a demarcative line; for a book to occupy and possess a human brain, a process is enacted of such depth and profundity that no other phenomenon, in art or pop culture, could possibly compete with it. Now, that is merely a hypothesis; as is the fact that, in this process, the individual counts for everything and numbers, the masses, do not; but it is a strengthening principle, for someone who writes books, to understand what a real book as, as it moves through the world, and through myriad time/space zones.