“Philosophy is the hyphen and the hymen of Being, and difference is the trait that cuts across and unites the twofold side of Being [mathematic-genetic / poematic-epiphanic; or in-itself / for-us-in-it]”
– Michel de Beistegui, Truth & Genesis –
“each word, need no more words, we don’t need words about words, each word enough with its excess and insufficiency, proliferation and paucity, problematics and production, each term inevitable blunder and surprise, miscarriage and gratuity”
– N Filbert, journal entry –
Everything that is not linguistic is absurd
– Vilem Flusser, Philosophy of Language –
I have no story.
Wherever I occur in the tangled, incalculable threading we might call “existing” or “being” or “living” I can make out no beginnings nor endings, only enigmatic, complicated “is.” Slight, partial, imperfect.
I have trouble with memory.
But we needn’t any other words. Or more words. Or words about words. Any word is enough.
There’s no story not made of inadequate and superfluous words. These words that might tremble any direction of the webbed and indecipherable, indeterminate and knotted operations that co-construct now, or whatever happens to be (for-us, with-us, in-us, with-out).
Stories like struck and resounding tones.
A vibration might seem harmonic or cacophonic, dull or brash. Violent, vanishing, or barely perceptible in the noise.
There’s no story in this. But many words, perhaps.
Wiggling, vague, offensive, bold, hardly visible, ephemeral words. Terms (demands?), language (lingual?), weaving darts between – inventive, fabulating, reductive, constraining – unknown syllables, shapes, referents (irreverent) toward and away from…
Vocables of happening. In-script-ions. Tyrannical and uncertain.
Accidents and rules.
My body of words. Limbs, organs, “hyphen and hymen” of being. My body of words – taste, touch. What passes un-sign-if-i-cant?
Accidents and rules.
Birdsong. Heard. “Bird” “song” “to hear.” This body of words. No note without notation. No recognition without cognition. Any one word enough enigma.
Grass, caress, event: embodying words, wording embodied. Tapestries or electrons – flood, immersion, surround within. Languaging: gesture, groan, gelatinous. Language.
Say “in-term-in-able.” Say “de-term-in-ed.”
Hyphen. Hymen. Accident. Rule. Deceptive measurements. Siphons, conduits, ex-press-in-g im-press-ions.
One is enough to sense there’s no story here.
Always more-than-one. All ways.
Perhaps what is called “experience” [what is it called “experience”? – one word is enough – think “love” or “fact,” “me” or “real,” even “tomato” to be made well aware of difference, ambiguity – of wobbling kinds pressed toward inauthentic and inaccurate generalities. Uniformity. Accidents and rules that hardly, so slightly, pertain].
Experience: inexpressible? In-term-in-able?
What is the story here? The trial and always (all ways) error. Errant words. Insufficient to their purposes (supposed). Perhaps.
Our voices and gestures.
Irresolvable, over-determined. Language.
Systems like molds, scopes of lenses, structuring grids, abstract proofs and theorems: rules and measures, melodies, diagrams – not mirroring, mirage.
I have no story to tell.
Untelling. Moving back against the words with a “not.” Unworking. Unravel. Erase.
Experience: to test, try; to feel, to undergo. Knowledge gained by repeated trials. Risk. Out-of. Try. To get handy at.
To undergo. Gone under.
The Drunken Brain: Ending it all one word at a time.
In-term-in-able trials. “Everything that what is isn’t” (Jan Zwicky).
“There is yet a way of speaking that leaves room for what can’t be said”
– Jan Zwicky –
I’d like to language that way. Move, sound, gesture, touch. Word, waver, delete.
From the midst. In the midst of. Within. Risk, trying “out,” Feel, undergo. Words.
I have no story either, no narrative or narrator. I forget, I re-member, invent. Wherever, whenever I am (is it “I”?) – multiplicity, indiscretion. A-static. No beginning, no ends, -ing, -ing, -ing. Repeatedly, differently.
I think language pre-tends experience.
What is tried-out, already de-term-in-ed.
Oh to break.
To begin – become – be.
I have no story.
“I cannot get beyond language by means of language”
– Ludwig Wittgenstein –