10.24.2005

I'm not going to write a lot about CONFITEOR for the grant application, but I promised something for Robert Archambeau about DaDaDa, and I'm presenting to Bruna Mori's class Thursday (probably OuLiPo and beyond), so it makes sense to do this now.

-- a brief break during which I believe my parents house may have lost a window or two to Wilma --

CONFITEOR consists of four volumes, three trilogies, DaDaDa, OOD: Object-Oriented Design, Dea, and a fourth volume, Addendum.

DaDaDa consists of three book-legth sections, Reading Fundamentals, Heresy, and Legendary. OOD has three sections; right now these are Eidolon, obj. x ("objective x" or "objects") and Cosmology (also, in various versions, Singularity). Dea has an untitled, unwritten section with all K/Cath e/a r y/i n/e s a la bp nichol perhaps a bit, a section called Reformation which may work itself into OOD since no one's committed to publish that yet. Other works keep moving out of the project (Hello Phantasm / Mime, maybe "obj. x", Phylum (to go to blue lion), Cookery, Paper Craft (currently being read by Bill Allegrezza I hope), etc.

Thus, DaDaDa starts with reading, specifically selective reading, reading as a creative act. The etymological device used mostly in Heresy is introduced in the Oos poems in R.F., because those poems are the transition to the middle volume. I've mentioned previously one of the ideas behind Heresy is that literary criticism, specifically interpretive readings based on techniques for reading classical (greek and roman) texts, was considered heresy when applied to reading the (catholic) bible.

[a later development of this was an issue during the reformation -- roman catholics not moving to vernacular mass until the 1960s and not condoning (and even prosectuing) widespread distribution of any but especially vernacular bibles -- in order to prevent independent reading / thinking about "the text", and this will be in the reformation book]

the legendary comes from a project that never really panned out (maybe it will, who knows) of doing a The Golden Legend for contemporary "celebrity" culture -- the poem that was the first of these is the Lana Turner poem, complete with false etymology (lana - laine - wool, "sweater girl"). The Golden Legend was of course particularly made fun of during the reformation. The legendary became one for mostly female mostly craftspeople. The legendary is not about identity. The names, and the source(s) of heresy is not about identity or even the content of what the original female writers wrote about; neither are the works in reading fundamentals.

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