[-empyre-] the horror, the horror
swht at clear.net.nz
Sat Nov 8 06:40:04 EST 2014
On 08/11/14 05:17, Alicia Migdal wrote:
> con su apariencia de espontaneidad sucia.
dirty translates 'sucia' but also 'obscene'. Perhaps it ties in with
Alan's 'abject'? (The obscene community of witnesses and victims, bound
together all of a sudden into 'you and I', we, when what happened happens.)
A connection may also be made to Hiroshima's Ground Zero - I visited
recently. A pilgrimage. A phrase from the Peace Museum (that 'peace'
should be memorialised) stayed with me: an A bomb is not a natural way
to die; unlike a typhoon.
We, my family and I, were chased up the Seto sea by a typhoon. We ran
but the locals we talked to smiled when we asked about the risk. They
seemed to acknowledge with their smiles that a typhoon is a natural way
Another wall at the Peace Museum answers the question we took with us:
What is it about the A bomb that is unnatural?
I can't remember it exactly. It was a haiku, on the wall behind the
wrist-watch with its hands frozen at 8.15am, something like: In the
bamboo grove I watch dragonflies flit, when ... In the space of a comma,
I imagine the "dirty spontaneity" of the explosion.
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