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.

03 July 2011


Being a follower of the emptiness teachings makes barracking for The Bombers an emptiness practice par excellence.

It never ceases to amaze this observer that in Australia one can wear a red and black beanie or scarf featuring the word BOMBERS and everyone who sees it thinks FOOTBALL.

This in the time of The War on Terror.

Nor (amaze) to hear the fans loud urging Come on Bombers!
As on Saturday night when against the predictions of all the expert commentators...

Nor (amaze) to read a newspaper headline such as the next day's
Bombing raid stuns Geelong

The Age, 3 July 2011
article here (including full photo by Sebastian Costanzo)

Nor amaze to hear us sing

See the Bombers fly up, up!
To win the premiership flag.

This from 1980-1983 :
collection: Art Gallery of Western Australia

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someone looks at something ...