Mystery Text #1: Of Origins and Ends
Many have participated – untranslatable translations and definitions undefined – signals of the ineffable.
Speaking of texts…writings and utterances, organizations of alphabets.
Writingreading, readingwriting – with an existing text – pray tell me the difference?
On the one hand – anyone. On the other – the same.
Between = a text.
Words on a page are a circle.
No origin, no conclusion.
Who writes this? Is it me? Who is “me”? Was it you? Who were “you”?
Who deciphers? Is it me? And when “I” read again – is it the same “me”? Later this evening in the quiet? Saturday at the cafe? In bed while a movie plays? Is it you?
Reading as continual rewriting in the same alphabets, same words and phrases. But the content? Denotation(s)? Connotation(s)? Connections? Disjunctions? Referents? References?
Who leads? What follows? Who follows? What leads?
I venture to commend the signs of the text are the subject, the object we observe and receive, perceive and interpret.
Who authors? And what is authored by that who?
Author following, adapting, borrowing and conceiving the text’s arrangement. Or reader authoring the significations, meanings, referents(-ces) and possibilities of thusly arranged words?
Double absence. Absence of the one constructing the text, absence of the possible recipient. Anyone (or no one) at the origin, no one / anyone at the end. Text(s) of no closure and of ever-questionable intent.
Text as ever-ready presents(-ations), like letters – always between the past, the void of dead, or the future, the empty potential and the unformed future, unknowable recipient.
Remarkable, to me, to be capable of participation in such a vital and energetic, ever-evolving and malleable, yet lifeless matter – able to be as stable as an inscription in marble –
the artifact: word or image, painting, photograph, text: gestures of the dead or the missing, yet constantly enlivened, resurrected with each encounter! This is passing strange! Out of the unknown, toward the unknown and lifeless in-between!
Ever a-rising out of no-more and availing the not-yet: unnecessary necessity of authorial entities – the necessary unnecessary of receipt. The still spinning wheel of lifeless matter on a page… in potentia.
A marvelous mystery to behold