but the string that binds them

When I was asked to contribute to the Visiting Practitioners Lecture Series at LCC on Thursday 19 April, I knew this would be a great chance for me to begin and re-read my three books as chapters of one book; and to begin and hear the less deliberate yet present echoes and returns in the three of them, and to begin to sense where chapter 4 might rebegin. I started indexing the three books, and my attention was driven as much to the echoes and premonitions (the thread around sigh, breath, necessity and Ananke is not yet exhausted: I know this, having spent the last few months re-reading Calasso and Hillman) as to the lacunae and what is still unspoken. I realised how these books do not seek explanation but connections: to be in other ears and eyes, and to nest in them.
Maybe chapter 4 will rewrite or paraphrase these books inside-out: from their inner lining, lingering on words such as chance, taste, quietude.
Meanwhile, this Thursday: old songs, speechlessness, a post-punk band from Italy, some Robert Aldrich. And this, from John Cage’s Lecture on Something:

 

3 Comments to “but the string that binds them”

  1. Look forward to no beginings, endings or paraphrasings looped into endless dub, montage, reverbed returns and infinite echo

  2. I love how your books are living entities for you.

    • I’m so pleased to hear this, Joe. I like the expression you use, living entities. I’m still finding so much to say and write around them, and I see them more and more as punctuations in a substance which does not necessarily only and always need to have the form of rhythms of books or worrds-on-page, but needs them to be able to exceed them. Also, I find that repetition with small variance is key.

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