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Litterateur redefining world                      December 2020

             articulation of sound—
                memory in the
                                                 a substitution
                of the


             to write this day
             to insist
                        upon it—


             SOURCES:  “It  would  be  necessary...”  is  from  Wordsworth’s  “Preface”  to  the
             second edition of Lyrical Ballads (1800); the phrase “la brutalité du mot ‘tumeur’”
             is  from  Paul  de  Man’s  last  letter  to  Jacques  Derrida  and  is  quoted  in  Derrida’s
             Memoires. Derrida makes much of the pun on tu meurs. A few phrases are taken
             from  or  based  on  Tàkis  Sinópoulos’s  Landscape  of  Death  (“The  Sea”);  the
             quotations about sound are from John R. Pierce, The Science of Musical Sound;
             Georges  Brassens’  great  song,  “Tempête  dans  un  bénitier,”  is  from  his  Philips
             album, Don Juan; a few phrases are taken from Craig Williamson’s translation of
             Anglo-Saxon  Riddle-Songs,  A  Feast  of  Creatures;  the  ballad  snatches  are  from
             English and Scottish Popular Ballads, ed. Helen Child Sargent and George Lyman
             Kittredge;  the  quotation  about  “Lucienne”  is  from  Jules  Romains,  The  Body’s
             Rapture;  “everything  /  in  nature...”  is  from  Roman  Jakobson,  Six  Lectures  on
             Sound and Meaning; “as the wind turns them (leaves)” is loosely based on Rilke’s
             poem,  “Herbst”  (“Autumn”);  the  lines  about  President  Reagan  are  from  a  S.F.
             Chronicle  newspaper  article;  “I  tied  my  drum”  is  from  A.J.  Arberry’s  Mystical
             Poems of Rumi, #197; the passage beginning, “articulation of sound” is based on
             phrases from the beginning of Coleridge’s essay, “On Poesy Or Art.” The doggerel
             poem, “The Subject Was Rocks,” has a story behind it: Many years ago, a Berkeley

             friend of mine was involved in a disastrous love affair. At its conclusion, in despair,
             he hurled a rock through a window of his girl friend’s house, damaging the window
             but nothing else. Much later, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, he met a friend of this
             girl friend’s and had a conversation with her. He wrote to tell me, “The subject was
             rocks.” My friend would have heard—as I do—a reference to testicles in the word
             “rocks.” (Cf. “the family jewels.”)

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