This morning I joined
the caravan of vehicles over the Golden Gate Bridge,
streets whose names have
remained familiar. But I'd
forgotten that the neuroanatomical evidence of massively
altered brain proportions and the anthropological and clinical
evidence for universality of symbol learning across a wide spectrum
indicate that the human brain has been significantly over-built
for learning symbolic associations. Human brain structure is an exaggerated
reflection--a caricature almost--of the special demands imposed
by the challenge of their angle, and detoured around,
working my may back to the God's Eye Theater,
a beauty parlor now; the Straight Theater morphed into a supermarket.
Golden Gate Park seems more
developed then when I wrote:
Alone in winter's drizzle—
no pond, no frog, no sound.
|I met Talan Memmont
at the People's Cafe, he just back from L.A.,
from two flights and little sleep. Over coffee we
discuss mutual friends, personal plans, in the context dichotomies.
Then I drive to North Beach, parking at a 15-minute
meter opposite City Light Books,
place that beckoned me from New York to a new life, almost
forty years ago. Now a revenant
titles of books looking the same as they did then:
I have been much more than I am not at this moment.