Category Archives: Quote

The Poppies are in the Field: Pattiesmuir 26th June 2013

. The poppies are in the field But don’t ask me what that means – Julian Cope There is no long march of progress in this field. No future enlightenment to strive for.                 … Continue reading

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Through fence and over field, to beyond the hem of trees.

through fence and over field – to beyond the hem of trees. ♦ Thanks to all who have taken time to read any of the postings this year. It has been much appreciated and a delight to interact with so … Continue reading

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On the edge and further out: to slip through time

It is not down in any map; true places never are. Herman Melville I Out on the fringe of gold                         – lip of coastal edge. Eyeing that breath of line                        – flux of sea and sky. Grounded punctuation … Continue reading

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On National Libraries Day

“I had no books at home. I started to frequent a public library in Lisbon. It was there, with no help except curiosity and the will to learn, that my taste for reading developed and was refined”. Jose Saramago “Libraries … Continue reading

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Biocentric – Gary Snyder/Patrick Geddes

Dipping into The Gary Snyder Reader and Jim Dodge’s excellent introduction: [Snyder] views his work as inhabiting “the mythopoeic interface of society, ecology and language.” He enlarges one’s delight in existence and amplifies the élan vital, the life force coursing … Continue reading

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On Foot

“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot”.                                                                                                   Werner Herzog Now playing: Alice Coltrane – Lord of Lords

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They’ll never see as we do…

‘They’ll never see, as we do, the hidden spaces, the rampant ecology, weeds, wild flowers; hawthorn, dogwood, hedge-parsley, willowherb, tormentil’. Iain Sinclair, London Orbital, (London: Penguin, 2003), p. 325. Now playing: Sun Araw: On Patrol.

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A New Year Slogan

‘Not Traditions – Precedents!’ Hugh MacDiarmid, The Scottish Chapbook, (1922-1923). Now playing: Morton Feldman – For Bunita Marcus (performance by Louis Goldstein).

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Deleuze on Walking

A schizophrenic out for a walk is a better model than a neurotic lying on the analyst’s couch.  A breath of fresh air, a relationship with the outside world. Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Anti-Oedipus. Now Playing: Henry Flynt – … Continue reading

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Herzog on Human Language and Culture

But everybody talks about extinction of whales or endangered whales, and we are not aware that at the same time, at a much more rapid rate, human languages and cultures are dying out. And the speed of it is staggering. … Continue reading

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