The year’s end approaches. Writing by hand grows slower. In need of practice. The ubiquitous milieu of technology. A differing technology, and our relation to it. Our co-evolution with it. My father’s handwriting is beautiful. Still. Differentiation of the digital. Digital purposes. Digits accustoming to tapping, percussive, losing their ability to flow, to caress. I squeeze this pen too tightly. As if in fear of losing.
Embedded in each loss a gain, development, adaptation, transformation. Slowness for speed. Close- for hyper- (reading). Ambiguity for binary. Sloppy for distinct. Mystery – machinic. Unique for uniform. Elegance to efficiency. What is communication?
Interesting to me, easing my grip on the pen, recalling, desiring, hoping, [nostalgia]…
…it occurs to me:
Habitude. For years, approaching the blank page [paper] – began with “in the beginning was the word…” an “as if,” as if the void, emptiness, blankness of pulped tree afforded emergence, ex nihilo, some everclear clean unknowing evolution out from inchoate. Trace and track from complex disorder toward infinitely specifiable order. Each session a composition of the new…
I am struck by the assumption. Presupposition of potential: that ANYthing might blankly begin (already, like bicycling, shoulder-elbow-wrist-hand and its particular angles operating this ink-stick picking up pace, stretched and loosening, reaching stride). Presumption of absence, emptiness, a universal glory of “From nothing: This.” I create.
Happens no more. Reviewing the increasingly sparse occasions (with age and responsibilities) I am able to operate with technologies of paper, pen and hand-i-writing over the past few years of employment, reading, writing, parenting and relationship…the fundamental (as in foundational, originary) manner of approach…to composition, inception, expectation, hope and desire…is significantly altered.
The fidelity to languaging remains. That belief, commitment, conviction and trust that ordering the disordered – shaping absence, mattering energy – still transacts secrets into reveals, fabricates meanings of mysteries, is an activity of arbitrary author-ing/-ity; that experiencing’s a processing of signs, of signaling and symbol – that invention, discovery and behavior = complex activities/adaptations of interactive dynamic systems interlocking at multiple scales – inexplicable, indecipherable, far beyond observation or comprehension – and that action or activity actualizes SOMEthing = something unknown, unforeseen, “free” or “new” or potential simply via the inter-, intra- activity of operationalizing with an environment – IN it, part and particle, (that all ‘moments’ eventuate this)…and yet,
There is difference. Cermonializing, greeting, risking the activity of encountering, engaging, marking a blank page (against death, in hopes of being, realizing desires, imagining, etc.) no longer invokes “In the beginning…” or “word…” somewhere/sometime along the living this transmuted into “Who is writing – ?”
Space-time carved, empty notepad placed, pen inked and ready, and only the sensation, the amorphous geography of a question emanates – Who is writing here now?
No more an assumption that Someone prepares to express, incise, inscribe. No more presumption that given the space and the time “I” am an entity full of content waiting for production. No more Someone with Something to process, work out, or to say…
Simply – “Who is this coming to write?”
And any word will do. Any mark. But not just ANY word (although also that) – whatever word(s) come to occur between the living – the instrument – the surface – and said ACTIVITY, INTERACTION, RELATION becomes its own answering.
In the “opening” – questioning and answering are one and the same: RESPONSE and ABILITY.
Writing, a certain sort of what might be culturally convened ‘creative writing’ – for me has become a constituting behavior/action of RESPONS-ABILITY. Given the temporary knot of my organism-in-its-environment or context…what inscribes here represents my ability to respond within it, at this time.
Who is this writing? replies in the writing, and also takes shape as a Who in the writing. In A beginning (inception of a specific way of acting) is neither Word nor Who but a bothness occurring in its occurrence…
Who is this writing?
“When I write I escape myself, I uproot myself, I am a virgin; I leave from within my own house and I don’t return. The moment I pick up my pen – magical gesture – I forget all the people I love; an hour later they are not born and I have never known them. Yet we do return. But for the duration of the journey we are killers. (Not only when we write, when we read too. Writing and reading are not separate, reading is a part of writing. A real reader is a writer. A real reader is already on the way to writing.)”