Saturday, March 15, 2008

Eclectika / Ecclectika

"One asks if time is a river, and one returns as much as the river returns, and if there are answers, and there are always answers, and practical answers perhaps, and things being conceived always as a consolation, to which I must be consoled"--reflecting on Heraclitus, I sound like Li Pi or someone - - -

Latin quotes:

Ex relevantum, relevanta (from the relevant, relevance)
Est in principia ad infinitum (in principle, it is with eternity)
Pathos mente est et eternum (mind-heart together are eternal, with eternal feeling)

"Five-of-twenty-six" a name for the sword Zade, which makes grace of distinctions without any physical cutting; razorsmoke

Only a nothing can make nothing of himself, as himself

Obscurantist poetry, example 1

a brother my shadow
a sister my sibling flame
"wars" and "roses" in subtle arts
which betray their tools
and beckon towards a ghost

Themes like nechomachy (shadow-fighting) and feng shui (subtle aesthetic of landscape-energy) suggest a poetic view of intellectualism as a quasi-magical experience accomodative of a stylish, discerning reenvisionment of the landscape of being, dynamics, and experience. This sort of view is reflected to various degrees in some commercial ventures and products, such as the logos of printing presses, cafes with winding iron staircases, shops that sell stationary and art books, or elements of treasured experience: old fashioned college towns, gardens with sculptures and quotations, homes with herb gardens or sheltered grottoes, etc.

These aren't often accessible to everyone, or even everyone who seeks them or is in a given economic bracket. Nonetheless, they serve a role to reinforce the poetic and intellectual imagination, independent of ownership, the nature of one's work, or the future of the world. Repeatedly sanctuaries of a certain frame of mind are the sole holding chamber for a given mode of thought; those that cherish them find words to represent what they saw.

No comments: