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Re: OT: poem of the day

From:Jonathan Chang <zhang23@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 22, 2005, 2:55
on 3/20/05 9:56 PM, Sally Caves at scaves@FRONTIERNET.NET wrote:

> Did anyone reply to this?
I don't think so :(
> Clearing out my unopened mail, I found this. > It's absolutely beautiful, Jonathan.
::grins bigtime::
> Do you know what volume this comes > from? Is Nemerov contemporary?
I would not know where from, but IIRC he is contemporary.
> Sally > > ----- Original Message ----- > From: "Jonathan Chang" <zhang23@...> > To: <CONLANG@...> > Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2005 6:21 PM > Subject: poem of the day > > >> A friend of mine emailed me this poem... enjoy... >> >> Writing >> >> The cursive crawl, the squared-off characters >> these by themselves delight, even without >> a meaning, in a foreign language, in >> Chinese, for instance, or when skaters curve >> all day across the lake, scoring their white >> records in ice. Being intelligible, >> these winding ways with their audacities >> and delicate hesitations, they become >> miraculous, so intimately, out there >> at the pen's point or brush's tip, do world >> and spirit wed. The small bones of the wrist >> balance against great skeletons of stars >> exactly; the blind bat surveys his way >> by echo alone. Still, the point of style >> is character. The universe induces >> a different tremor in every hand, from the >> check-forger's to that of the Emperor >> Hui Tsung, who called his own calligraphy >> the 'Slender Gold.' A nervous man >> writers nervously of a nervous world, and so on. >> >> Miraculous. It is as though the world >> were a great writing. Having said so much, >> let us allow there is more to the world >> than writing: continental faults are not >> bare convoluted fissures in the brain. >> Not only must the skaters soon go home; >> also the hard inscription of their skates >> is scored across the open water, which long >> remembers nothing, neither wind nor wake. >> >> Howard Nemerov >> >> >> -- >> Hanuman Zhang >> >>> Verbing weirds language. >>