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Pushing, As In It Comes Slowly To Us

April 8, 2011
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[ 1 ]  We say that it is not at all but it pushes, all the same, so it can exist.

[ 2 ]  Give it away and still it attacks, left open, then it can exist through itself, then it can exist through its egg, its flows and stops.

[ 3 ]  It must give rise to the world that is the expression of its not being possible, it must lie outside it.

[ 4 ]  Produced phenomena are all constructed according to our desires.  There is no other thing.

[ 5 ]  We feel that one comes out more and more fiercely.  There is no such thing.  Each one slowly comes out of the same thing whatever was that only thing itself.
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Composed in collaboration with Gnoetry 0.2 using the following equally weighted source texts:

VA, Birth Source Text
The Invisible Committee, The Coming Insurrection
Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus
Nagarjuna, Seventy Stanzas
Nagarjuna, Mulamadhyamakakarika
Gertrude Stein (Selections), GERTBOT Base Nature Texts

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 11, 2011 5:52 am

    1, 3, and 5 are amazing, possibly cosmic truths. the last half of 2 is a little distracting. 4 is probably true, but worth thinking about either way.

    • eRoGK7 permalink*
      April 11, 2011 11:10 am

      I’m still trying to work out my plan for this poem series of quasi-logical sentences. I know I’m playing around with statements of “truth,” with the intention being for the reading to think about them (as you seem to be enticed to do), even if I don’t have any single/clear interpretation in mind. Likely I will combine lines from different sections into larger works for the final manuscript.

      You’re right about 2. It is very distracting.

  2. Matthew permalink
    April 11, 2011 1:46 pm

    I love the koan-like feel of these. 3 is my favorite of these, and I’ll agree that 2 seems a tad off.

    Can’t wait to see more.

  3. April 11, 2011 7:01 pm

    yeah, koan-like is a good way of putting it. consider the first sentence:
    “We say that it is not at all but it pushes, all the same, so it can exist.”
    it reads straight through til you get to the second clause (“but…”) At some point in the second clause you realize you have to re-interpret the first clause. One possible effect is a koan-like rejection of standard sentence processing: you realize you’re trying to resolve an “it” in a sentence that is difficult to parse.

    parse

    sentence 3 begins with a paradox, then “outside” echoes the spatial metaphor of the first sentence.

    4 is interesting because it looks like a large chunk of it might reflect one of the source texts, especially the bigram “produced phenomena”. the sentence actually stands out a bit, is a little different from the rest.

    the last sentence in 5 is again hard to parse, again causing a mental pause while resolving “one”. another thing that makes 1, 3, and 5 stand out is the action words (pushes, rise, fiercely) while dealing with abstractions.

    sentence 2 has some good action words, I think it’s just the word “egg” that breaks the tone. If you want to keep it consistent with the language model, you could just open the texts in openoffice and search for instances of the word “its”, and pick a word that comes after and that has a comma following, you’re bound to find something.

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