noon: Ex-Marshal, Will Kane, his new wife pleading with
him for non-violence, must face four outlaws in the center of town,
at high noon, as one by one, the townspeople excuse themselves
from helping him. Thus, Gary Cooper plays the lone hero with no
in High Noon (1952).
Singapore: P. Theroux, "Poetry Lessons." The
New Yorker. June
26 & July 3, 1995.
time: When we trace our origins, we eventually arrive at the so-called
Big Bang, and thus the question, If what we experience as time began with the
Big Bang, what
came before it? Which is a koan, and a koan can only be "answered" by
realizing one's "true nature." What makes us the most extraordinary
is that we complete the circle of existence; we, alone, as far as we know
have a mind with the ability to realize its own nature.
flowers: "He was nine when he first met Beatrice
and she was eight. He saw her, during the next nine years, on a
number of occasions, but it was not until he was eighteen that
she spoke to him. She was then walking in the street with two other
ladies, rather older than she was; she had on a white dress, and
as they passed she looked at him and 'saluted' him. It was nine
on a May morning of the year 1285, in a street in
Florence." C. Williams, The Figure of Beatrice. New York, 1961.
Rosen: Professor of Analytical Psychology at Texas A&M
Rosen's books include, Transforming Depression and The Tao of Jung.
oxidation: J. Weishaus, "Inside a Circle."
true noun: E. Fenollosa,. In, L. Géfin, Ideogram: History
of a Poetic Method. Austin, TX.,
of images: P. Eisenman, "Architecture as a Second Language: The
Between." In, Threshold. Spring, 1988.
of heavy metal: "On the Saturday of my sister's
wedding, my mom, my nephew and I were out 'sightseeing' in southwestern
Indiana and Eastern Illinois. On Highway 50, headed East from Lawrenceville
before you get to Vincennes (not sure if it was in Illinois or
in Indiana), we saw large sign on the highway for an off-ramp for
a turn-off to 'Foreign Import Zone #146.' Thinking it was a shopping
area (like duty free shopping places that are in some International
airports), we took the off-ramp and drove about 2 miles into the
countryside to an area where there were army trucks, a large area
of light brown dirt that had been cleared by bulldozers, a number
of metal buildings, and one metal warehouse marked 'Foreign Import
Zone #146.' The dirt area looked like it was large enough to land
big helicopters (or Harrier jumpjets), but not big enough to be
a landing strip for other kinds of planes. But no one was around.
We saw one pickup truck hauling a small size bulldozer coming out
on our way in. It was so deserted that we made jokes about being
watched and stopped by the CIA and disappearing into the federal
jail system for being on
some super-secret base." C. Kiefer. Private correspondence, 1996.
gears: "That man whose mind had been bound with
acres lived with narrow concrete miles. And his thought and his
worry were not any more with rainfall, with wind and dust, with
the thrust of the crops. Eyes watched the tires, ears listened
to the clattering motors, and minds struggled with oil, with gasoline,
with the thinning rubber between air and road. Then a broken gear
was tragedy." J. Steinbeck, The Grapes of
Wrath. New York, 1939.