Some electric fish can give off up to 500 volts. The electrical fiend that silently surrounds them is the ancestor of eyesight. Speaking forcefully diminishes one's force. If you shout, "I love you," you have already lost your sexual potency. You have to speak with your eyes. Between hunters, the intense, decisive exchange is a silent exchange of glances. We are still living in the interglacial period of the Pleistocene which we sometimes call present time. Which brings us to Mallarme's remark of February 1895: "There is no present. He who thinks himself his own contemporary is misinformed." CHAPTER 35 There are streams that meander about long before the human beings who follow them, the birds that fly above them, the flowers that border them. Secret traditions don't go back to historical periods. They re-emerge from the secrecy of the unmediated dispel station itself, beyond history, in the fons tempers. CHAPTER 36 Mercury is a hard metal, dense and elusive. Only the real is harder and has more holes in it; is more truncated, more sexed, cutting, dying. Writing is closer to the real than speaking. Writing is a denser material than mercury. I call up a face which each secret I divulge pushes further and further from me into the shadows, so true is it that all attempts to call out to people actually abandons them. Hadewijch says that above scripture, above all that is created, the short-circuit of the mind-that-loses-track- of-meaning recovers the lost element at the root of its loss. Vision, the reading, then dazzlement, Vision become reading. Reading become dazzlement. Vision, reading, then dazzlement recapture the irradiating intimacy of the wandering planets, letter for letter, atom for atom; they communicate at full speed; without mediation, sonder middel, they stream at once. CHAPTER 46 There are men who follow the banks of rivers with the aim of getting back to their source. They climb mount- tains. They come up against solitary wild beasts. They discover wondrous women. They think of themselves as the companions of the great silent birds of prey flying at great heights — on top of the world — sweeping up the moon and sun in their talons, and swooping down suddenly amid the steep rocks and fearsome flowers to crush their prey and drench them in their blood. They keep watch over some harrowing spots. They live for a time in caves inaccessible to ibex and bears. They fear neither sky nor night. Most let the breezes carry them along and dive into the sea before suddenly turning around as the sun does twice a year. Some men go against the flow. There are centrifugal men, men who go against the flow, just as there are rivers that flow into others. From the beginnings of time, there are anti-focal, anti-festive, anti-social men. Mountain men. Stag men. Fountain- head men. Marcus Aurelius wrote: "The sunlight spreads everywhere but never runs out." CHAPTER 57 The Fear of Forebears Fear of mice is the fear of forebears. There are 4,5000 species of mammal. The ancestral form of mammals is a kind of shrew that lived in the Eocene. All creatures with breasts derive from a sort of tiny insectivorous rat that makes us scream the way we might at a witch jumping out or a ghost appearing. We are screaming at the sight of our ancestors. Animal husbandry on horseback, which was extremely unusual in human history, beginning in 2,800 BCE and ending in 1789. On the hillsides of Afghanistan in 2001, men on horseback were still to be seen fighting against aircraft. The European twenty-first century is a thing of mean- choly, knowing, as it does, for the first time, that humanity isn't special, that meaning is constructed, that truth is unknowable and nudity unrevealable. An age of intense wonder where the excavation of the most distant things is concerned. The modern world is wrong to complain of the Unanswerability that has accompanied it — this is its extraordinary, ever- ally unpredictable good fortune. Its sudden silence. I went hunting for antiques. Loosening the ties a little.
Pascal Quignard A B Y S S E S Seagull Books 2015 translated by Chris Turner
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Bob Arnold's first children's book "Rain Bear" New and available now from Longhouse ~ 50 pages. Perfect bound softcover with photographs ~ & drawings by Jason Clark
The Woodcutter Talks by Bob Arnold
Available from Longhouse. Please link on the image for ordering information. Drawing from years of poetry and also new poems, The Woodcutter Talks is Bob Arnold at his finest branching love poems with back country work poems and settlement with community, family and individual portraits. The extensive collection also showcases vintage photographs from woodcutters and woodchoppers and big-saw-pullers of old. Sweat runs down the cheeks of the mere literary and they adore one another.
Stone Hut by Bob Arnold
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New and available now from Longhouse ~ Janine Pommy Vega Janina Visions, Tales & Lovesongs 288 pages perfect bound packed with poems and photographs. Janine's full course album of photographs, travel journals, poems, facsimile notebooks of poems, childhood photographs, and family, Beat family, plus her unfinished memoir of Jerusalem.
Cid Corman's Of, Volumes 4 & 5 from Longhouse.
ANNOUNCING. The final volumes to Corman's opus in one book ~ of, volumes 4 & by Cid Corman. 1500 poems, 850 pages edited by Bob Arnold, now available in a limited edition from Longhouse, 2015. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information ~
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New! James Koller : Selected Poems 2003-2004-2005
James Koller — Selected Poems 2003-2004-2005 Longhouse 2016, 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
OPENINGS by JAMES KOLLER
Selected poems 1959 ~ 1985 edited by Bob Arnold. New and available now from Longhouse ~ 72 pages . Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
"Heretic" by John Phillips from Longhouse
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Malcolm Ritchie's "The Crows of Gravity"
New and available now from Longhouse ~ Malcolm Ritchie "The Crow of Gravity A Correspondence of Wounds". 392 pages perfect bound. "Get this book! Malcolm has written the autobiography of his/ our generation across four continents from “angry young man” to spiritual pilgrim to poet of the great ley-lined earth 392 pages of astonishment." J O H N M A R T O N E
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ISLAND DREAMS by GERALD HAUSMAN Selected Poems 1968 ~ 2015 chosen & edited by Bob Arnold New and available now from Longhouse ~ 160 pages Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
John Bradley's "And Thereby Everything"
L O N G H O U S E is very proud to announce a new book by John Bradley in their on going series of S C O U T book publications — other titles from the series have been by Kent Johnson, Janine Pommy Vega, James Koller, Bob Arnold and Lorine Niedecker with more in the works. An opening salvo at the front of the book by Patrick Lawler should provide ample cover for what the reader should come to expect. And Thereby Everything John Bradley Longhouse 2015 First edition only issued in softcover 208 pages, perfect bound illustrated throughout by Bob Arnold with 150 photographs
J.D. WHITNEY'S SELECTED POEMS ~ NEW FROM LONGHOUSE!
J.D. Whitney ~Sweeping the Broom Shorter Selected Poems 1964-2014 from ~ Longhouse 2014. 192 pages. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
Kim Dorman — "Owner"
"Owner" by Kim Dorman. Including photographs by Kim Dorman. Selected and edited by Bob Arnold. New and available now from Longhouse 2016 ~ 80 pages. Perfect bound softcover
New! from Longhouse, 2015 ~ Kent Johnson ~ I Once Met, A Partial Memoir of the Poetry Field
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Walking Woman with the Tambourine is the final book of poems by Janine Pommy Vega.
"Walking Woman with the Tambourine is the final book of poems by Janine Pommy Vega. The author completed the manuscript and left it as she wished with her executor Bob Arnold … New and available now from Longhouse ~ Poetry. 144 pages. Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the image for ordering information
Lorine Niedecker's A Cooking Book
A Cooking Book Lorine Niedecker Longhouse 2015 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the image to purchase this new title from Longhouse.
Dudley Laufman's Islandian Poems
The Islandian Poems & Fables Dudley Laufman Longhouse 2015. 72 pages, perfect bound. Please link on the image to purchase this new title from Longhouse.
NEW ! MALCOLM RITCHIE ~
Malcolm Ritchie. small lines on the great earth. Longhouse 2014 112 pages. Perfect bound softcover. Please link on the cover image for details & Paypal payment information PLUS more from Longhouse
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New from Longouse ~ Robin Magowan
New from Longhouse. Robin Magowan. The Garden of Amazement, Scattered Gems After Sâeb. large softcover glossy bound with an introduction by the translator, 112 pages