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.

14 February 2017

'Coal' Morrison and The Taunters of TAR

Pleased as punch
the Minister returns to his pew

to, himself, behold the Holy Coal.
That went quite well, he thinks.

Hon. ScoMo with Coal and Parliamentary Papers
photo Mike Bowers / The Guardian  
Theatre of the Actors of Regard  
Ringing in his ears
the cheers of the COALition 
the jeers of the mob.
TAR : The Opposition front bench responds to the Sight of Coal :
Tanya Plibersek, Chris Bowen and Mark Butler. 
photo Alex Ellinghausen / Fairfax Press 

Somewhere in the Gallery
another bell sounds ...

 St. Stephen with Coal upon Book of Martyrs, after Jean Fouquet
 AAT/Agency of Alternative Truth  
 A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/
 someone looks at something...