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Original Zen

Original Zen

Original Zen I When Einstein was asked Do you believe in God? He replied I believe in Spinoza’s god And who is that, one wonders? All that is and ought to be Now and forever Blue waves without end Stars and green mountains and red rivers Dark roiling matter without end II The eternal reunions and disbursements of Nature As it is and ought to be Though we can’t see it Blinded by this and that Preset premade chain/anchor On…

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Camus and the Absurd

Camus and the Absurd

There was a lot of absurdity in Camus’s life. When he published The Stranger in 1942, France was occupied by the Germans. Even though it was a rebuke of the Vichy government, among many other things, the German censors let it go. Camus had his Goya and Velasquez mojo working, so Vichy and the Nazis didn’t see what he was up to. Nor did they know about his work for the Resistance, and Combat, until it was too late. It…

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Van Gogh’s Nightsong

Van Gogh’s Nightsong

 There have been thousands of interpretations of Van Gogh’s most famous painting. Some find comfort in reduction. Reduced to a mere figment of his infected brain, reduced to a painting of scenery outside his asylum in Saint Remy, reduced to something your kid sister could do. Reduced. Thing is, the most important thing, this is a painting of a world without end, a million worlds without beginning or end that fight against reduction to the death. Or, if there is…

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Constellations of Thought

Constellations of Thought

Two new poems on display from Alessio Zanelli. They provoke much thought (as does all good poetry), with sound and sense aligning like the stars. The music of the spheres, etc.. Pythagoras, Kepler, Spinoza, Bach, Gorecki, Arvo Pärt . . . Are words on the page similar to those stars? In that, they mean nothing as individual letters, but only mean something when linked to other letters, other forms of language, other models, things, images we attach to those words….

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