more complex mechanisms,

February 1, 2008 at 3:31 pm | Posted in poetry, writing | 18 Comments
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transmogrification requires the extinguishment of self, explanation of this process is not the work of philosophers, nor scientists, but of poets whose principle mechanism is the language.

transmogrification is key, in that is only possible to transform the world if we can transform ourselves,

Scot is a brilliant poet. Read his Jamaica Farewell (which I think has transmogrification in it, but he is a lot smarter than me.)

(or for something much less serious, a mysterious death, check out my post in The Orchid Room)


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  1. And the comments on that piece prove your point perfectly. Scot is an artist who realises the importance of shapeshifting whilst remaining controlled in his delivery, as are you.

    Oh and try saying transmogksdjfgsdg after a few drinks. 😉

  2. Kistsune

  3. I googled Kistsune, but as Narnie so cleverly pointed out, after a few, is it an anime character? Anime is my fantasy, to write for,

  4. Perhaps, my friend, transmogrification could also be obtained by ACCEPTANCE of the self. By removing veils of perception and witnissing truth. Once we see the truth in ourselves, we can see the truth in the world. change is not the hard part, it is the form of that change that is difficult. arbitrary changes enhanced by illusions (or delusion) lead to a path of suffering

  5. that part in kill bill where they shift to anime….. gets me

  6. Me too. Swish,
    Ozymandius, you always make more sense than I do, acceptance of the self, extinguishment, hmm, perhaps they are directional differences, back to the mad doctor drawing board haha,

  7. acceptance, extinguishment, reaching a moment before the initial schizm of the self watching itself, ie loss of awareness of self, epiphanic moment, then the schizm immediately following, awareness of the moment, a seperation, a wave, keeps happening, the thing is a momentum on the downswing, and getting control of the exit path so (i) can come out as anything, not choosing but just seeing what happens, what comes out is an illusion yes, but strangely the illusion often tells me in some weird way something, synchronicities are signposts, about what would be a cool thing for me to chase as a manifestation of self, woohoo, chasing tale but goes somewhere cos of motive force, the problem of taoist nonaction is that it is unsustainable at some point because you are human you must act, that act is a manifestation of self, woohoo, the less i think about who or what i am the easier it is to lie asleep but aware like the tigger in the tiger meditation, yayayay

  8. Thanks for pointing to scots work…very nice.

  9. I still can’t work the comments on your site, Tina, maybe that’s a good thing, haha, but all I would be saying again is that your poetry is gorgeously beautiful, almost as beautiful as your granddaughter, which is saying something,

  10. Thanks so much…we are blessed indeed. 🙂

  11. Gingatao….I think I may become a devotee of yours.

  12. Kitsune
    Is a name I occasionally post under, my nickname in RL is The Fox so I thought it was apropriate.. my cover is blown , Haha, thats what the avatar on my blog is. I’m not very wise, I only have 3 tails. But you sussed it out a while ago, anyway Gingatao.
    Your post reminded me of the fable.
    You would be a great anime writer.

    “Kitsune (狐, Kitsune? IPA: [kitsɯne]) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. Foremost among these is the ability to assume human form. While some folktales speak of kitsune employing this ability to trick others — as foxes in folklore often do — others portray them as faithful guardians, friends, lovers, and wives.

    Foxes and human beings lived in close proximity in ancient Japan; this companionship gave rise to legends about the creatures. Kitsune have become closely associated with Inari, a Shinto kami or spirit, and serve as his messengers. This role has reinforced the fox’s supernatural significance. The more tails a kitsune has — they may have as many as nine — the older, wiser, and more powerful it is. Because of their potential power and influence, some people make offerings to them as to a deity.

  13. Cool Links! 🙂

  14. Cool links all the way down, ayayay, Enigma, fox trickster, connector of dots, i will be the devotee, of thee,

  15. sigh………

  16. So true. Change must begin locally before the rest of the world can evolve in kind. And what better way than in the form of words.

  17. I fixed the comment problem…thanks again. 🙂

  18. Thus my turn away from Taoist form. To me it is like awaiting enlightenment. Sure, if you stay in one spot long enough the whole world will come to but it will also pass you by. Granted this may assist in becfoming a non partial observer, objective if you will, but what of life? I would much wrather live than observe. Whats the point of getting it right if nothing is done?

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