Saturday, November 3, 2007

Thoughts In Transit

Distantiation (see Tony Tost's blog) rather than Anti-Traditional (see Stan Apps' blog) is now on the table. * Following are related opening thoughts in transit. Each of us is a captive of one's time and place, and also of one's responses to the ongoing events which constitute the structuring of who one is within one's ever-changing time and place. I might find a specific public event emotionally paralyzing. A 2nd person might find that same event exhilarating. A 3rd person might conclude it's emotionally neutral and so might view me and person 2 as tending toward opposite insanities. I am a white American male who is (as has been suggested about Fernando Pessoa) mostly a sexual non-participant. I am reclusive. I could reveal more, but there is no real need to. Read what I've written and made available online. 11.5.07 - Have been rethinking aspects of who I am and of how I have come to where I am. Because my memory does not operate in that manner I perceive is appropriate for a scholar, I cannot say I am a scholar. I do, however, learn from scholars. Often I am heuristic, and have several times rediscovered a known fact I was not aware of until some more knowledgeable person pointed it out to me. I am not eclectic in the sense of choosing the best from various sources, not eccentric in the sense of being consistently whimsically odd; but I am stylistically multifarious, yet rarely/ solely for the sake of being so. I am simply open to disparate ways of seeing, and am ever curious about the nature and value of those ways. Nothing--past or present or predicted-- is irrelevant. I have had numerous precursors, some of whom I have directly and/or indirectly conversed with. 11.6.07 - Many of us online addicts are, in a way, web wimps: arrogant innocuous Internet arachnids who/ with each new strand provide information to the search engine robots who are watching and learning from us. As I found out yesterday, European futurist Raymond Hammond believes: the future is already here. He has proven through his consistent Google tests that what I said above is indeed occurring. Still, though our online activities could lead humans into a virtual imprisonment ruled by AI beings, it could also lead humans to a higher level/ centering on rejoicing in individual differences and on the dissolution of hegemonic attitudes. If we evolve as Robert Jastrow's predicted we will, the noosphere will become for us a new Eden where humans and their AI and nano and other beneficial creations will not be at odds with each other, and the deleterious aspects of the urge to control/ will vanish. As I recently wrote in a post: "If we cannot live with each other, we will die because of each other." We are also in a race against harmful bacteria and viruses and insects and . . . , but we are daily making inroads. I get a weekly email synopsis from the Kurzweil AI site. It's amazing what humans are more-and-more rapidly rising toward. Kurzweil and others call it the Singularity. Some call it the Omega Point. Certain mathematicians have constructed a time-line algorithm pertaining to human discoveries. It is thought by them and others that December 21, 2012, is the date we will connect with Infinity. As you may know, that date (or one close to it) is when the current phase of the Maya- created long-count calendar ends. But I am not a prognosticator. 11.7.07 These days when a possible poem begins to enter the field of my mental awareness I attempt to ascertain what it is it wants to be (how it wants to structure itself). Since I believe an inherent aesthetic exists in every poem, I do not need to (though I sometimes do) impose an aesthetic. The quest is to find and be true to the guiding aesthetic within the developing work at hand. 11.8.07 - If you allow the existence of God (of a Supreme Being), Anne Carson says there is no way for us to know that being because we simply do not have the capacity to comprehend such a being. Her view is both supported and circumvented by a story Augustine shared in his writings. While walking along a Mediterranean shore, Augustine came upon a child with a bucket. This child was taking water from the sea and pouring it into a hole in the sand. Augustine, who chose to walk along the shore while he tried to figure out how God could be 3 Persons, asked the child what he was doing. The child said he was putting the sea into the hole he had made. Augustine said: That is not possible. The child said: Neither is it possible for you to understand the Trinity. There have, in my life, been numerous occasions wherein I have seen the hand of God. My inability to know this God does not pertain. Belief in a God is a matter of faith. The stories I could relate are not as awing as Augustine's, but they are nearly incredible. 11.9.07 - So, if my interpretations are correct: Tony Tost (toast) is an at-a-distance poet, which is to say that there are certain poets he admires and therefore learns from but/ seeks to diverge from. Stan Apps (?: perhaps as it is in "zapps") is an ignotus futurus poet, which is to say that there are certain poets he admires and therefore learns from but/ seeks to escape from. Each of these poets has provided poem-proof of his position. (That pod has five peas! Puuf!) But why is it humans have such a desperate need to label every thing? Here: you sit in box one, and you sit in box two, and I'll sit in box three. Okay, I'll sit in box 3. Brian Salchert (Saul'kurt) is an odd multifarious conversations poet, which is to say that there are certain poets he admires and therefore learns from but/ seeks to converse with. These coversations, however, occur in different ways. [ Note: since I do not wish to show any of my poems in this blog, I am going to insert hyperlinks to examples. I make no claim as to any example's worth. I am not interested in anyone's opinion, but anyone who cares to/ may qwerty one. ] 1) signs conversing with signs (lists of words) 18 words in 2 columns 2) non-word sign artifacts (sound/phonetic objects) performance-oriented sound poem 3) words in a picture format (diamante) topic: diamonds 4) mixed-media presentations (colors/words/shapes) had forgotten about Creeley's "here" when I wrote this My best interior dialogue example is "Doom" from my 1972 Rooted Sky book, but it is/ rather long. 5) interior dialogues or multiple "I" "I" here could be a bird, me, another human, God 6) artifacts about the making of said artifacts a word game in which the about is 7) direct addresses to some other or others addresses to each of three plants 8) address to another poet sonnet written in 1962 to John Keats 9) addresses to myself direct address to myself which begins as an indirect address to its reader * --- Google search: Michael Sprinker From Prague to Paris --- See directory2007 in Catmap. 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