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.

22 October 2012


Following on from yesterday...

Ungo Kiyo              1582 - 1657             click image to enlarge
True emptiness is without form, 
mistakenly we create something to grasp.

Taikan Monju          1766 - 1842            click image to enlarge
Round and perfect like vast space
nothing lacking, nothing in excess.

Muph & Plutonic      - 2009 -        
Don't worry 'bout nothin'

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FIAPCE          - 22 October 2012 -

A Person Looks At A Work Of Art/

someone looks at something ...