David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

31 March 2010

Letter-winged shallow M(ind)

Behind Isidore Isou, in this 1951 photo, are the magazines SEE, LOOK and POST. It could be the prescription for this bLOG.

Isou was the founder of Lettrism.
"Fondé en 1945 par Isidore Isou (1925-2007), le lettrisme s'est imposé dans un moment de l'histoire universelle comme le seul mouvement révolutionnaire après le dadaïsme et le surréalisme. Ami de Tristan Tzara, père spirituel de Guy Debord, Isidore Isou proclame la destruction de la poésie à mot au profit d'une esthétique basée sur la lettre et le signe." ...


Letter-winged Kite
Elanus scriptus Gould, 1842.
Elanus inscriptus Gould, 1842.
Elanus scriptus victorianus Mathews, 1917.
"The Letter-winged Kite (Elanus scriptus) is a small, rare and irruptive Australian raptor with a core range in central Australia. It is similar in appearance to the Black-shouldered Kite except for a very distinctive black underwing pattern of a shallow ‘M’, seen when in flight."

As depicted by John Gould :

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And, by our Artist-In-Residence,
Letter-winged shallow M(ind) of a certain Regard
after Yves Klein and in the manner lettrism :

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