your naming: "The
real content of a name is its empty part, what the name fails to
include. No matter how small the exclusion, what is excluded moves
quietly from its place of exile to the center and enters the definition
as its essence. So with stranger. For the Greeks, the hollow in
the name stranger left room for the more than human, for unlimited
power and its consequences. For us, the empty and the undefined
are the aperture of the infinite." D.
Weiss, "Refusing to Name the Animals." Gettysburg
Review. Winter 1990. pp.233-34.
Like Adam: "it
is my intent to speak against the Adamic pedigree, against naming,
and, with regret, against the belief that one can reach beyond
the cultural and speak with the voice of nature, That voice, like
the habitat of the zoo, is no less of a cultural enclosure." Ibid.
as I begin to be aware of the life of any creature, I at once forget
its name." H.D. Thoreau. B. Torrey and F.H. Allen,
editors, The Journal of Henry David Thoreau. Boston, MA.,
1906. Vol. XIII, p.155.
in relation: "Understanding the world as a field is
very different from understanding the world as dialectic of solid
and void. The world of objects and emptinesses is innumerable,
a world of local binary decisions: is/is not. In a world of fields,
the distinction between what is and what is not is one of degree.
There can be as many sampling points where something is not as
there are where something is....An object’s boundary is simply
the reconstructed contour of an arbitrarily chosen value." M.
Novak, “Transmitting Architecture: The Transphysical City.” C-Theory,
Vol 19, No.1-2, 1995.
You see, most people think like physicists. They believe that unpredictable
occurrences are just coincidence or chance. But psychologists and
spiritually oriented people realize that the unpredictable, the
event that only happens once, is itself very meaningful. For example,
a woman I once worked with had a very sharp pain in her right breast.
She was living in Los Angeles at the time, and she discovered later
that exactly at the moment she had that pain, her sister in New
York died of breast cancer. She herself eventually developed cancer
in that breast. So one-time occurrences can be very important.
you're proposing has correspondences with Eastern philosophy. For
example, the I Ching is very much concerned with one-time occurrences
that happen simultaneously. The idea is that there's a field of
meaning and that things that happen at the same moment are somehow
related in a meaningful way.
of Dreams: An Interview with Arnold Mindell by Stephan Bodian." Yoga
Journal. March/April 1990.
picture: A. Purdy. From, "Lament for the Dorsets."
the main technique: M.
Lorbianchet, Director, National Center of Scientific Research. Paris,
France. "As with (Georges) Bataille's description of Lascaux
'at the edge of the industrial world, several hours from Paris,' the
assertion of difference ('it's extreme contrast') is relative rather
than absolute. This also means that the difference between the animal
and the human can be understood spatially in terms of proximity. It
is in the proximate relations to living things ‘to the animal
as animal and yet other than human’ that the human emerges as
human." S. Ungar, "Phantom Lascaux: Origin of the
Work of Art." Yale French Studies #78, 1990.
the logic underlying the exhibition of captive animals in zoos. Keepers
remind spectators that many of the animals in a display cannot survive
in their native environments, which have been desecrated; thus zoos
are supposed to testify to our society's benevolent concern for these
animals taken into protective custody in a small, artificial compound
far from their natural habitat and profoundly restrictive of their
normal instinctual behavior. How exactly did the animals'
habitats get destroyed?" R. Malamud, Poetic Animals
and Animal Souls. New York, 2003. p.5.
I will show you what a hunter would feel, we will venture through
forests and gullies hunting our prey. Not any usual prey, today we
are hunting the elusive Big Foot. It is dark out, but stars glisten
in the black oblivion of space. The eerie moon is seen through the
towering trees. A light fog has swept over the land, leaving a thick
carpet of misty air. Nothing can be seen beyond fifteen feet around,
the only way to pull back the veil of mist is to venture deeper into
the land. Now we will begin the hunt." G.H. Brandon, "Bigfoot
Hunting." Elfwood Jan 20, 2003. http://elfwood.lysator.liu.se/libr/g/h/ghbrandon/monster_tale.html.html.
growls: "He stands with the great lions at San Francisco's
Fleishaker Zoo, those indoor cages I remember from childhood trips
across the bay, lions surely long dead three decades later. He
reads to them in beast language. 'When a man does not admit that
he is an animal. Ghrooooh!" They stir, and are roused. Years
after, he watches a snow leopardess. "She puts her face within
an inch of the wire and SPEAKS to me. . . . I am surrounded by
the physicality of her speech. It is a real thing in the air. It
absorbs me and I can feel and see nothing else. Her face and features
disappear, becoming one entity with her speech. The speech is the
purest, most perfect music I have ever heard, and I know that I
am touched by the divine, on my cheeks, and on my brow, and on
the typanums of my ears, and the vibrations on my chest, and on
the inner organs of perception. It is music-speech. . . . We see,
hear, feel through the veil. WE are translated'" M.
McClure. From, "A Mammal Gallery." Quoted in, L. Bartlett, The
Sun Is But A Morning Star; Studies in West Coast Poetry and Poetics.
Albuquerque, NM., 1989.
there is any substitute: J. Brodsky, "Nadezhda
Mandelstam (1899-1980)." New York Review of Books,
Mar 5, 1981. Writing of how Nadezhda Mandelstam
memorized the poems of her husband, Osip, when Stalin had him carted
off to a prison camp in Siberia, where he died, so that if the
manuscripts were found the poems would be preserved, Joseph Brodsky
contends that memory is a substitute for love. For me, it is silence.