to a new place

As a reader I want you, writer, to take me or your character, ideally both of us, to a new place, to a felt change of consciousness, a new life.

:- Doug.

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Whitman: body = soul

Whitman: body = soul
I say: handgrasp = spirit

:- Doug.

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fingers across the generations

The field of the between is visceral level. Over centuries the actual words matter less than the senses evoked, senses of muscle, bone, grasp, weight, mass, moving. It is here we have a chance to touch fingers across the generations, fingers divine to divine. Wisp brushing wisp.

:- Doug.

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ruffled the hairs

Stay with your invitation when it draws objection. You have ruffled the hairs of someone’s imagination. You are doing them good, pushing a bit of humanity out of its nest.

:- Doug.

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to puncture the skin

Our stories our poetry
are to puncture the skin
of consciousness

:- Doug.

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An easy sale

Guilt is an easy sale. We so readily disappoint ourselves.

:- Doug.

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Our stories actually mourn?

How might we have our stories, our poems, actually mourn? Or dance? Maybe ask Meredith Willson or Edgar Allan Poe. An actually mourning poem would without words keen in the throat that hears. Keening exceeds the one, enters the realm of the between. The between is the place of traverse, of converse.

:- Doug.

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Significance walks

Significance walks at a remove from function. They hold hands.

:- Doug.

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Speak to whispers

Mystery will speak to mystery, to darkness, to whispers.

:- Doug.

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Is 1720 relevant?

What’s relevant now from 1720?

:- Doug.

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Your mind might not be you

In meditation, you are studying your mind, with hints that your mind might not be you.

:- Doug.

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Time cycle of mystery?

What is the time cycle
that includes the ancestor
and us with the descendant generations?
How far longer is a moment of mystery
beyond a question?

:- Doug.

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Beyond naming

An elder is one you know
An ancestor is beyond naming

:- Doug.

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Ancestors for us?

What did the ancestors say for us?

:- Doug.

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Value going back?

Meditating across centuries
What’s the value in going back?

:- Doug.

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Human walking speed

Think, slow, human walking speed, across generations.

:- Doug.

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Ancestors serve

Ancestors serve.

:- Doug.

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Think through body

We think through our bodies as well as through our nervous system and brain.

:- Doug.

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Dwelling in ancestors

I dwell in the ancestors
Ancestors dwell in me
Generations in me
I in them
We converse

:- Doug.

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Papunehang

To the extent I can touch the more basic, the better to converse across time spans. My words may no longer carry the meaning I assign to them. What was the thing the Indian Papunehang said to John Woolman? “I love to feel where words come from.” From Woolman’s Journal:

On the evening of the 18th I was at their meeting, where pure gospel love was felt, to the tendering of some of our hearts. The interpreters endeavored to acquaint the people with what I said, in short sentences, but found some difficulty, as none of them were quite perfect in the English and Delaware tongues, so they helped one another, and we labored along, Divine love attending. Afterwards, feeling my mind covered with the spirit of prayer, I told the interpreters that I found it in my heart to pray to God, and believed, if I prayed aright, he would hear me; and I expressed my willingness for them to omit interpreting; so our meeting ended with a degree of Divine love. Before the people went out, I observed Papunehang (the man who had been zealous in laboring for a reformation in that town, being then very tender) speaking to one of the interpreters, and I was afterwards told that he said in substance as follows: “I love to feel where words come from.”

That perhaps is my watch word. I want my reader to feel where words come from. Feel and source.

That is how to converse.

:- Doug.

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Overload the senses

Overload the senses, not by pouring upon them but by calling forth from them, not to take them out but to find what they may contain and produce, and then over again.

:- Doug.

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Precedential times

Many say we are in unprecedented times. Rather, these are precedential times.

:- Doug.

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Love the chair

Love the chair in which you’re seated. Enough to get out of it.

:- Doug.

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