By Brion Gysin, Jason Weiss
Brion Gysin (1916–1986) used to be a visible artist, historian, novelist, and an experimental poet credited with the invention of the ‘cut-up’ method — a college of texts, now not images — which his longtime collaborator William S. Burroughs positioned to extra wide use. he's additionally one among the early innovators of sound poetry, which he defines as ‘getting poetry backpedal the web page and into performance.’ again very quickly gathers fabrics from the whole Gysin oeuvre: scholarly old examine, baroque fiction, permutated and cut-up poetry, unsettling memoir, choices from the method and The final Museum, and his unproduced screenplay of Burroughs’ novel bare Lunch. furthermore, the Reader comprises entire texts of a number of Gysin items which are tricky to discover, together with “Poem of Poems,” “The Pipes of Pan,” and “A quickly journey to Alamut.”
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There is no Mrs Anstruther, looking out for Ina. Instead, it is as with Jude in Hardy’s Jude the Obscure when he most needs somebody advising him: “But nobody did come, because nobody does” (ch. 4). The realist novel does not put it “Arthur thought this or said that”; whatever he thinks, whatever he does not say, is simply exposed to sympathy, to judgment, to the world of readers. There is a famous letter from George Eliot to Frederic Harrison (August 15, 1866) on the role of moral didacticism in art: That is a tremendously difficult problem which you have laid before me, and I think you see its difficulties, though they can hardly press upon you as they do on me, who have gone through again and again the severe effort of trying to make certain ideas thoroughly incarnate, as if they revealed themselves to me first in the flesh, and not in the spirit.
I rejoined … I do not mean this was exactly what he or I said. Unable to recall the words themselves, I put the sense of the thing in as clear a shape as I can. (ch. The “may be a might be” offers within a tight spot a linguistically hard-won chink of possibility, doubling the conditionals in creative defiance of the accusation of lame, yearning weakness. ” always an easy indulgence – or are they not, on the contrary, sometimes as here a great risk, a wonderful verbal effort at holding on as by the fingertips of writing?
Randolph’s coming will have upon Ina. With regard to this, I cannot say how powerless I feel. The little influence which I thought I had gained at home is entirely neutralized here. … It is in vain to fight against the inevitable. Mrs. Randolph shall come or go, without any remark from me. So also I will not inquire whether Ina knew of the visit and kept it from me. Ignorance is as often wisdom as it is bliss. I am not required to stand upon my right if I am not supposed to be aware that any right has been infringed; and if Ina were to tell me – as no doubt she would – that her grandmamma had forbidden her to mention that Mrs.
Back in No Time: The Brion Gysin Reader by Brion Gysin, Jason Weiss