4.23.2008

notes from nature in princeton book, to be folded into where am I I think

let the stars be our blanket
oh, they are

let the stars be our mattress
and pull the sod up

(like the racoons)

Mat´ress
n. 1. See Matress.

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the image of what
quote from Amy Lowel poem with a pine bough
[Stein on The Lonesome Pine]
Stein on Vine
[Carson on Stein on The Lonesome Pine]

imitation of what
what would Christ do?
writing this makes what
anything a claim
not acclaim

a claim about something not about
this writing, if about nature

slippery speech
elm
lozenge

reality vs. nature
human relations to nature
that racoon in the backyard
those skunks mating in the driveway, living in the cypresses, spreading used tampons and food wrappers around the neighborhood
the naughty doctor feeding the coyotes, some "nurse and guardian"

live trap

fact anomie value
"family values"
natural selection
moral majority
rhythm method

nature has history
natural history
but is ahistorical in human history
except if you study boundaries
or forests or wilds
in fairy tales or folk tales
worldwide
or journey tales or
constrast the human mark of time, festival, with the "turn of the year" or compare with natural cycles
her suborned, there triumphant
not an unceasing goddless play
on and on this dancing without the "bloody flux" (they shoot horses, don't they?)
subject only to objects
and they, infernal, don't last (only their effect)

Tibullus selected a subset of nature in order to contrast it with city, a subset of civilization (though nature and civilization overlap in this construct)

what does "delusive" mean
not elusive
or allusive

these poets, it is place for them, not nature
these naturalists keep journals about what they think and experience, their coming-to-know-or-at-least-write in nature, not poems

your red mouth
mine
has no place in nature
except in us
cerain simians
flowers
ok, everywhere not giving speech nor drool

a problem with nature writing is the assumed superiority of the specialist in boring philosophy

georgics, georgian
logistics vs. logos
"the world is stubborn"
as Estelle Skowbo
what "is not female" assumes
makes an ass of you and me
separate nature

dignity, that fool
trip step!

I provide the frame and end.
Christian = I
There are two "I"s. We are the opposite.
complement

One is created
holy.
One is wholly sensual. Sexy!

Demon sprawl, scrawl.

How is this simple thing a judge, our flaw, its simple appeal. Harmless invasive mint draws vermin. Used for teas. Tisanes.
What lives int hat mature greenery? It is not nature. Some plants on a retaining wall Zoran and I braced.

Loveliess is supernatural.
The thorn, Ophelia, Old English, early vernacular
back in those classical
post classical times.
Oh, yeah, that's a well-summoned bower vine there
[latin name]
classification, always Aristotilian, not Cartesian, Kantian

the streaky tulip has broken genes
fluke & giant hydra
against any sharp, to any sun
star
each image lies against a branch
ever green
passive = pillow
= sleepy, needing rest
without eyes not closed

sui generis
dynamism
some strange vortex of ferns
dinos
all get-out
radical Hartford, Insurance city, across from the park full of skunks, racoons, coyote, rat, jasmine, azalea, choke cherry, loquat

there is only one property line

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