Frantz Fanon and Hegel (his famous Herrschaft und Knechtschaft, often translated as the Master and Slave dialectic, but perhaps more accurately translated as Lordship and Bondage), the latter so moved by the Haitian revolution,
William Blake who sought to vaporize the und
and Jung, in his Answer to Job, leaves me seeing dark and light. each needing to make the other
Nisargadatta’s ‘The window is the absence of the wall and it gives light and air because it is empty.”*
and Leonel, like a being from another realm, blazing towards me…
*From ‘I Am That’, Acorn Press, 1999, p260
On the wall, ‘Exode 14,14′
“Seyè a ap goumen pou nou. Nou menm, poze san nou.” [source]
And, just for the sake of seeing another kind of typographic beauty…
Bed, 12:34 PM, Bois Jolie, Haiti. July, 2014.
The bed, the point of contact with the eternal, the imagination, the place where we stop being our selves… and remain our selves.
From The Prophetic Books of William Blake: Milton (Book 1)
But others of the Sons of Los build Moments & Minutes & Hours
And Days & Months & Years & Ages & Periods; wondrous buildings
And every Moment has a Couch of gold for soft repose,
(A Moment equals a pulsation of the artery) ,
And between every two Moments stands a Daughter of Beulah
To feed the Sleepers on their Couches with maternal care.
And every Minute has an azure Tent with silken Veils.
And every Hour has a bright golden Gate carved with skill.
And every Day & Night, has Walls of brass & Gates of adamant,
Shining like precious stones & ornamented with appropriate signs:
And every Month, a silver paved Terrace builded high:
And every Year, invulnerable Barriers with high Towers.
And every Age is Moated deep with Bridges of silver & gold.
And every Seven Ages is Incircled with a Flaming Fire.
Now Seven Ages is amounting to Two Hundred Years
Each has its Guard. each Moment Minute Hour Day Month & Year.
All are the work of Fairy hands of the Four Elements
The Guard are Angels of Providence on duty evermore
Every Time less than a pulsation of the artery
Is equal in its period & value to Six Thousand Years.
For in this Period the Poets Work is Done: and all the Great
Events of Time start forth & are concievd in such a Period
Within a Moment: a Pulsation of the Artery.
[copied from Blake Digital Text Project sections M28.44;E126 to M29.3;E127 ]
Coal Miners’ salary books, Near Tracy, TN. April, 2014
…“rational knowledge is uniform, predictable, objective; a philosophy condemned in Blake’s aphorism,
‘One Law for the Lion & Ox is Oppression’ (K158),
illustrated by the terrifying depiction of Nebuchadnezzar condemned to eat grass.
I hope that it is by now clear that Blake was not making a vital issue out of what is in reality a mere matter of terms and definitions. Some might ask what difference it can possibly make, since the perception and experience of the world is in either case the same, whether we regard the phenomena as material or mental. To Blake the ‘wrenching apart’ of the unus mundus is, as in his myth he describes it, an unhealed wound in consciousness itself. The healing of that separation was for him essential ‘for the sake of eternal life’, as he writes. It is not in facts but in experience that knowledge consists: knowledge is not separable from life; and Urizen’s universe is constructed ‘outside eternity’ — outside the life of the Imagination. Our world depends not, as Locke had taught, upon the reception of stimuli from a mechanized universe but upon the ‘faculty which experiences’, the mind of the beholder: ‘a fool sees not the same tree[…]”
Excerpt From: Kathleen Raine. “Golgonooza, City of Imagination.” p22
from the William Blake Archive