Day 183: Ace
I think of the [Grand] Canyon as first of all
an exercise for the intelligence.
-Haniel Long, Piñon Country
Day 196: King
(we have crossed the river, another time has been
established, the obol has been paid)
-Julio Cortázar, “Around the Piano with Thelonius Monk”
Day 208: Queen
“No player can be greater than the game itself.”
-Enrico Baj, quoted by Jean Baudrillard
Day 219: Jack
We live by the urgent wave / of the verse
-Lorine Niedecker, “Paean to Place”
Day 229: 10
One day you will cross your final river
carrying your heart in one hand/
a feather in the other.
-Ann Filemyr, “Rapture of the Embodied”
Day 238: 9
There is no frigate like a book…!
- Emily Dickinson
Day 246: 8
… and a distribution was made to each
in accordance with his need.
- Christian Bible, Acts 4:32, 34-435
Day 253: 7
The art of writing and drawing in books hovers
on a fine edge between subversion and a gesture of honor.
-Rosa Scobey Moore, “Finding Identity in the Endpaper”
Day 259: 6
From the window one looks down at a persimmon tree
A place suited for reading Melville’s Moby Dick.
-Nishiwaki Junzaburō, “The Third Myth”
Day 264: 5
The reader need not comment directly on the text
to be aligned with it.
-Rosa Scobey Moore, “Finding Identity on the Endpapers”
Day 268: 4
All I try to do for people is to re-invoke the sheer wonder
that they perceive anything at all!
-Robert Irwin, Seeing is the name of the thing one sees
Day 271: 3
…the awakened man is banished from the realm of certitude; he is, as Melville says, a sensibility that suffers, he is what the Mississippi is carrying, what is born by the river: poetry itself.
-Victor-Levy Beaulieu, Monsieur Melville, Vol. 3: After Moby-Dick, The Reign of Poetry
Day 273: Deuce
We are digging the pit of Babel.
-Franz Kafka, “The Pit of Babel”