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The Language of Flowers

crisis of crisis (white roses)poems from "Scar Theory" by Jen Hofer, in Physiology. Friedrich Nietzsche has written "'I,' you say, and are proud of the word. But greater is that in which you do not wish to have faith—your body, and its great reason: that does not say 'I,' but does 'I'" ("On the Despisers of the body," Thus Spake Zarathustra).

in the forest of chairs8 poems by Belgian Surrealists Marcel & Gabriel Piqueray, translated by Jean-Luc Garneau & Robert Archambeau, in Report for the Field. John Milton has written "each beauteous flour, / Iris all hues, Roses, and Gessamin / Rear'd high thir flourisht heads between, and wrought / Mosaic" (Paradise Lost, Book IV).

with Violet Grammarfive letters from Araki Yasusada's early correspondence, presented by Kent Johnson & Javier Alvarez, in Idiosyncratica. Eliot Weinberger has written that Yasusada is "an act of empathy and compassion" ("Can I Get a Witness," in Karmic Traces).

exquisite petals of flesha scene from Charles Borkhuis's new play, The Man in the Bowler Hat, starring Rene Magritte and Fantomal, in Schizmata.
Georges Bataille has written that "It appears at first that the symbolic meaning of flowers is not necessarily derived from their function. It is evident, in fact, that if one expresses love with the aid of a flower, it is the corolla, rather than the useful organs, that becomes the sign of desire" ("On the Language of Flowers," Visions of Excess).

Garrett Kalleberg
May 2002


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