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.

29 November 2010

freehand (#6)

freehand: recent Australian drawing
Heide Museum of Modern Art

25 November 2010 - 6 March 2011

breach in the bubble (continued)

One hypothesis for the Big Bang, as I recall, is a massive energy event at the point where parallel universes touch.

You are the lover that I've waited for
The mate that fate had me created for
And every time your lips meet mine

Baby, down and down I go
All around I go, in a spin
Loving the spin that I'm in
Under that old black magic called love

Johnny Mercer
That Old Black Magic

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someone looks at something ...