Soft Geometry of Good Grammar

January 3, 2008 at 4:40 pm | Posted in writing | 6 Comments

Without certain consent over the particular connection of sound and meaning everything would be the babble of brooks into still mountain ponds. One could consider good grammar good manners, control over the natural instinct to greet with howls, wild gestures or covertly, tiny exahalations of pleasure at recognition, grooming even. That is the simplest geometry of grammar, not to split an infinitive but,
nor to dangle an ungainly participle.
I agree however that there may be a sophistication of structure based on mutual consent, a nudge heard, a which there, wink wink, a tiny squeeze of a soft hand,
and a quick escalation of response,
an unfurling of shiny surfaces,


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  1. This was amazing! Thoroughly enjoyed it.

    And very true, too!

  2. Yes the best way to observe rules must be when they are lying about in the form of spare parts, bent a little and sometimes broken. But not discarded, because anything can be remade to fit what we need.

    A great re-interpretation of our language, defined in an aural calculus.

    Everything I read here is golden! Excellent postings.

  3. I’ve always found grammar to be a slippery customer but something I try hard to get to grips with… sometimes I get in a terrible terrible mess but that’s par for the course I suppose.

  4. hi

  5. noise rushing in torrents and babbling froth of meanings of nothing makes sense in a way that is true but not a hardship



  6. I think you might like this poem then I wrote.

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