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.

01 November 2014



This _____ is from our Rouen bureau.
What does it blot, this _____
                                      Blots of what?
Ceci n'est pas un buvard... 
Oh yes, of course. 
                                      Does this _____ absorb, or reflect perhaps, the excess of appearance?

How did the Rouen bureau acquire this_____?
One of them is a client of Guy, the master clothier.
Then this _____is an advertisement of sorts. 
                                      A rebus...

An ink blotter...
                                      A mind blotter!!!?

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
someone looks at something ...