"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

We see only postures of the dream, Riders of the motion that swings the face Into view under evening skies, with no False disarray as proof of authenticity.

[Traces: John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror]

Posted by stronzo on 05.14.2009

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Today has that special, lapidary Todayness that the sunlight reproduces Faithfully in casting twig-shadows on blithe Sidewalks.

[The quotidian: John Ashbery, Self-Portrait in a Convex Mirror]

Posted by ayonroy on 06.29.2008

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