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 January 2013

OO + O : twO eyes and a mOuth

Ah I read the news today, oh boy,
four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire 

And though the holes were rather small,
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall. 

I'd love to turn you on.
A Day in the Life
Lennon–McCartney / The Beatles
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

In this scene from Paris Blues (1961) Joanne Woodward and Sydney Poitier are talking about her Paris holiday boyfriend the musician Ram Bowen (Rimbaud/HA HA), played by Paul Newman. Poitier, as a fellow muso, is telling Woodward that Ram is a "serious" musician, that his music comes first, before any woman. She understands the advice being given.

She says :
"Oh." (O)
He confirms :
"Oh." (O)

While this is happening, Woodward's character is constantly playing with her food, a slice of 'Swiss cheese'. At the start of the discussion the cheese is shaped into something resembling a (Zorro) mask with two eye holes.
By the time of the "O" : "O" exchange it has been whittled to a single hOle, like a mOuth
She raises it tO One eye and the shadOw of the hOle frame crOsses her mOuth
She LOOKS AT him 

thrOugh the mOnOcle Of cheese
Message understOOd

O K !

) ... here's lOOking at yOu kiddO ... (
She pOps the cheese ring frame thing 


intO her mOuth    

(((O)))/HA HA
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

 someone looks at something ...