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 November 2016

Let us compare mythoLOGOS/HA HA


Let Us Compare Mythologies, 1st edition front cover 
Leonard Cohen, first book of poems, publ. Contact Press (1956)
drawing by Freda Guttman

Let Us Compare Mythologies, Ecco Press facsimile (2007)
Let us compare the first edition with the facsimile

Amazon Human Scale Model / TAR / HAND SPACE
Let us compare an AHSM to a horizontal and vertical dimension

Let us regard a Let Us Compare Mythologies flier (1956)
Leonard Cohen / Theatre of the Actors of Regard (1996)

Let us compare Acts of Regard
Billy Block / Theatre of the Actors of Regard (1952)

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