disappearing: “At this point, be aware of the ancient Chinese story of the artist Wu Tao Tzu who was commissioned by the Emperor to paint a landscape composition on a wall of the palace. He included mountains, forests, birds and animals, he painted snow and clouds and all things were as nature and when the Emperor stood admiring the work Wu Tao Tzu indicated a small doorway painted in the side of one of the mountains. Wu Tao Tzu invited the Emperor to enter and encounter even more marvels within, and so the artist entered first and as he beckoned to the Emperor to follow, the door closed and Wu Tao Tzu was never seen again.” “Incidental Transference.” http://www.qut.edu.au/arts/acad/exhibition/cat.html.

"The (Seri) shaman, called ko'te, becomes initiated by entering into a mountain cave, which, according to the local belief, consists of a 'solid rock.' However, the initiate manages to create an opening by painting a recondite symbol on the rock's surface." M. Rapinsky-Naxon, Nature of Shamanism: Substance & Function of a Religious Metaphor. Albany, NY., 1993.

to where:

feeling for shapes on fingertips,
feeling for forms hidden beneath

Wu Tao-tzu's nature,
where Man's landscape is

trees, clouds, birds, all things
gripped by thinking.

underside's felt, steadily held;
then one, then another, lets go

to where emptiness fades,
is Wu Tao-tzu's art.

J. Weishaus, "Feeling For Stones."

language has: G. Agemben, Language and Death: The place of Negativity. Minneapolis, MN., 1991. p.46. "The killing takes place at the moment that language intervenes. Once murdered by abstraction, however, the animal's vitality ceases to adhere to its semantic body. Henceforth, as word, the 'dog' ceases to die empirically, while, as representation, it continues to die repeatedly." A.M. Lippit, Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife. Minneapolis, MN., 2000. p.46.

animal voice: "It might be said that these modulations of sound carry some connection with the nature of the things they represent, and are not merely arbitrary; because the natural cries of animals, even if those animals with whom we have not been acquainted, never fail to make themselves sufficiently understood; this cannot be said of language." E. Burke, A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful. Notre Dame, IN., 1958. p. 84.