literature

Hagiography

Deviation Actions

SOLARTS's avatar
By
Published:
826 Views

Literature Text

in the fires of the senses
wait–
the Mayans understood
this very well

no events
no things
no time and no space

joy! joy! joy! tears of joy!





...
This is a piece composed for Laurence's "Found Poetry Workshop." Today is the last day so for anyone wanting to submit something - open some books, or newspapers, or whatever is lying around and start cutting words together. See Laurence's journal on Found Poetry here: [link] and see the official site for Writers Workshops here: [link] .

Found poetry is a style of poetry in which the writer "finds" words and cuts them together. This poem is part found, part cut-up in the sense that I opened books at random and started combining lines. At the end I gave them a little re-ordering (though not too much) and ended up with this. A fun way to get outside the self and find something you didn't expect. Of course I chose the books so there was some planning involved (though I tried to do this as fast as possible without any forethought, though there is plenty of in-the-moment-thought). The whole thing was over in ten minutes, so I advise anyone reading to give it a go and get something in before midnight tonight (GMT).

-Credits-

Title: Paul Schrader, "Transcendental Style in Film"
Line 1: “The Bagavad-Gita”
Line 2-4: William Burroughs, “Ah Pook is Here”
Line 5-7: Alexander Waugh, “God”
Line 8: Blaise Pascal, “ Pensees”

This was edited down from a longer version of the poem - I am a minimalist at heart, so when I "found" this version inside the poem its simplicity appealed to me. But I thought I'd put the first version up here;

-FIRST VERSION-

in the fires of the senses
wait–
the Mayans understood
this very well

wind comes forth from fire
substance from words
duration from life

turn to the poets–
restrain the senses first

act at random–
no events
no things
no time and no space

joy! joy! joy! tears of joy!

-Notes and Credits-

Title: Paul Schrader, "Transcendental Style in Film"
Line 1: “The Bagavad-Gita”
Line 2-4: William Burroughs, “Ah Pook is Here”
Line 5: “I Ching: The Book of Changes”
Line 6-7: “The Bagavad-Gita”
Line 8: Plato, “The Death of Socrates”
Line 9: “The Bagavad-Gita”
Line 10: “I Ching: The Book of Changes”
Line 11-13: Alexander Waugh, “God”
Line 14: Blaise Pascal, “ Pensees”
Comments24
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Log In
Bloomcrafter's avatar
Read this one way back and meant to comment on it, but somehow forgot.
This is one of the best descriptions of gnosis I think I've read. The cut-up technique sometimes leads to really interesting results...