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.

16 March 2012


Yesterday's 21 pencil salute as diamond formation ( here ) had us looking through the bLOGOS/HA HA Office's old blotters heap. For this diamond LOGOS beauty...

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... and for its other side, its verso, its Song With outWords, this bLOVELY bLOTSCAPE

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"All I want is a room somewhere
Far away from the crowds cold stare
With pen, w'think & wif a bLOTTER to be sure
Oh, wooooooooooooooooooooooodnit bLOVERLY?"

'The Old bLOGGERS Song' (Trad.)
with apologies to My Fair Lady / Alan Jay Lerner
A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...