Philosophy and subtle speculation: to unveil the visible and not otherwise
Learn to look at the world: the eye receives the less we stare,
converging at the juncture of the inner nerve, the living mirror.
To see secret ciphers--a vision--in the play
of shadow, light liberates the captive phantom within.
The science of engagement grasps details in objects
to achieve an analysis of tragedy and an understanding of things.
Beliefs alter the world, under a spell of power
over muscles & senses, where we value the hero that’s hidden.
In words is signaled a mild unease that objects are unnaturally small,
falling prey to an infinite regress of observers observing distant objects.
Driven to inadequacies by our understanding, the body
attunes to the world like a tree, rooted deep, awaits fire.
The body’s planes--a resonance surpassing foundation--
impose a consistent distortion like a river, snaking.
Whatever the final story, motion has been fixed in place,
while we overlook meaningful patterns hovering at the periphery.
(All text sourced from: Parry, Joseph D. Art and Phenomenology.
London, UK: Routledge. 2011.)
on the inner surface of elsewhere drawn with letters
It would be curious--
amid calibrated darkness--
to know in which expectant mouth
crowded silence alights.
On the whole, there seems to be a system.
In almost all cases of joint interest,
the most absorbed is humble,
clad for better concealment,
singing distance and dissonance serenely.
Placid secrecy seals its disposition
in figuring or describing
the instinct of pallid cleanliness.
Forgotten circumstances of observation,
this denouement impossible to relate,
only pay assiduous address
to the sitting laggard,
who surmounts all ordinary difficulties.
Consolation may leave one inconsolable.
Astonishment leaves one pivot poised and silent.
(All text sourced from: John Burroughs's short story: “Birds'-Nests” (1866). http://www.readbookonline.net/readOnLine/21300)
Law Alsobrook is an Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at VCU in Qatar. He has work published or forthcoming in DIAGRAM, The Volta, Petite Hound Press, Typehouse Literary Magazine, After the Pause, & Technoetic Arts: A Journal of Speculative Research. He is Co-Editor and Art Director for Diode Editions.