Saturday, August 23, 2014

DEMETER OF THE HARVEST: Searching For Returns Within Feminine Consciousness

















FOR VIRGO VIRIDITAS


Demeter, search
Return in common meter



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notes

For the Homeric Hymn To Demeter and translation and also for a compilation of various perspectives see http://earlywomenmasters.net/demeter/myth_033.html

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SENSING DESCENSUS

Etruscan vase ca. 525 B.C. depicts Hercules
presenting Cerberus to Eurysteus hiding in a winejar.























ROOT SENSE


a thought's heart
an impossible appearance



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Thursday, August 14, 2014

RIP : : PIR

CALYPSO'S ISLE, 1897 Herbert Draper
















NOT FAR FROM CALYPSO'S EPIC ISLE


LAY WRETCHED ROCKS & WRATHFUL WAVES
AE CALYPSO, AE EEEE I A

SING CALYPSO, OF ROBIN IN PASSING
PASSING IN ROBIN'S AEAEA BREEZE

MUSE, CALYPSO, OF WE, THE PEOPLE
SPARED BY OUR WARS AND THE WAILING SEA

GIFTED THAT GRIN IN A STEM OF HE'S
A BREAST-BURNT STEM ON A ROBIN TREE

SING CALYPSO PASSING IN ROBIN
SING OF THE MANY-TURNED MAN


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#ohj for July 1, 2014 epic, calypso



notes

1.  AEAEA is the Greek name for Circe's Isle. Circe's Isle lay along the way to Persephone's gate leading to the underworld. AEAEA is also another name for Calypso, which means "hider" or
"hide-away".

2.  Regarding the mythic imagination and image of the robin in folklore, you will find a bit of interesting ideas that cluster around the image in the blog, "From Bedroom To Study" see Monday, 10 December, 2012, http://from-bedroom-to-study.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-fabled-folklore-of-robin-redbreast.html 

3. Wiki also provides the following cultural depictions of the European robin with christic gloss, Robin Redbreast and the iconic, Norse image of robin as a storm-cloud bird:

The robin features prominently in British folklore, and that of northwestern France, but much less so in other parts of Europe.[30] It was held to be a storm-cloud bird and sacred to Thor, the god of thunder, in Norse mythology.[31] Robins also feature in the traditional children's tale, Babes in the Wood; the birds cover the dead bodies of the children.[32] More recently, the robin has become strongly associated with Christmas, taking a starring role on many Christmas cards since the mid 19th century.[32] The robin has also appeared on many Christmas postage stamps. An old British folk taleseeks to explain the robin's distinctive breast. Legend has it that when Jesus was dying on the cross, the robin, then simply brown in colour, flew to his side and sang into his ear in order to comfort him in his pain. The blood from his wounds stained the robin's breast, and thereafter all robins got the mark of Christ's blood upon them.[31][33] An alternative legend has it that its breast was scorched fetching water for souls in Purgatory.[32] The association with Christmas, however, more probably arises from the fact that postmen in Victorian Britain wore red jackets and were nicknamed "Robins"; the robin featured on the Christmas card is an emblem of the postman delivering the card.[34]
In the 1960s, in a vote publicised by The Times newspaper, the robin was adopted as the unofficial national bird of the UK.[35] The robin was then used as a symbol of a Bird Protection Society.[36]


4. For the literary archetypal image of the hanged man see W. H. Auden's lines

We would rather be ruined than changed
We would rather die in our dread
Than climb the cross of the moment
& let our illusions die.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

THE DEFORMATIONAL IMAGE
























THE SELF ABUZZ



One of my fav words is "bespeak". Bespeak means to indicate "as if". Bespeaking is an as-if language that chalks or marks out boundaries of things long before "things" ever actually appear. The image to keep upper most in mind in the word, "bespeak"  is that of a finger pointing for in its Greek root is deik, meaning digit, like the forefinger. There is a Greek god in the word, "bespeak" too. You can read more about that divinity, the holy action of language and fantasy's humor shaping poetic mind in the presence of horror and dread by clicking here.


notes


Poetic mind may express and does express a fantasy image representing interiority without the image having to have interiority or exteriority to express and/or give notice to its reality.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

WRITING TOWARD THE BLOOM IN THE GENOME

photo credit House of Doves
























FACING THE UNRESTRAINED

Listen, my heart, as only saints have listened: until the gigantic call lifted them off the ground
                     ~Rainer Maria Rilke, Duino Elegies/First Elegy


Pretty Pretender, thy artisan, soul-making
neither fails nor achieves in the same way
as this world of facts

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notes 


We conceptualize self in terms of dynamic multiplicity of relatively autonomous I positions in an imaginal landscape.  The I has the possibility to move, as in a space, from one position to another in accordance with changes in situation and time.  The I fluctuates among different and even opposed positions.  The I has the capacity to imaginatively endow each position with a voice so that dialogical relations between positions can be established.  The voices function like interacting characters in a story.  --Hermans, Kempen & van Loon, "The Dialogical Self"