obscure cartographies

‘the limits of my language are the limits of my mind. all I know is what I have words for’
(ludwig wittgenstein – tractatus logico-philosophicus – kegan paul, 1922)

‘words came out of the womb of matter: and whether a man dispassionately  sees the core of life or passionately sees the surface, the core and the surface are essentially the same, words making them seem different only to express appearance. if name be needed, wonder names them both: from wonder to wonder existence opens’
(witter bynner [translator] – the way of life according to lao tzu – p19, the lyrebird press, 1972 – first published, pl editions, london, 1944)


light field (kent, 2017, photographic image and chalk)


of rivers endlessly pouring forth, geological archives, hidden strata and the nature of revealed surfaces
of the invisible becoming visible, fogs, mists, particles and undercurrents of microscopic insistence
of substances, their interstates, exchanges at margins, synchronicities and juxtapositions
of sounding the inner depths of place, the liminal, sub-liminal and serendipitous moment
of perennial forms emerging, constellations, transmissions and boundless light

fragment 1.1 – methodology

in attention
and recognition of
each small thing
of subtle events arising
hidden thresholds
and unseen fields appearing
the crossing of paths
the meeting of minds
the upwell of hearts opening
the co-incidental moment arriving

fragment 1.2 – moksha

i gaze out
over sea-fog horizons
they unravel me
the soft sublime
permeates me
dissolves my isolation
dispelling the last vestiges
of this lonely recurring dream

sea fog (big sur, california, 2019)

fragment 1.3 – courage

to enter the liminal
dissolve boundaries
peer through substance
to chart the invisible
the atom-wave illusion
the star strewn emptiness
the absence of bearings
to reach unbound silences
where minute geometries
entangle and disentangle
without beginning
before cause

dark field (kent, 2017, photographic image and charcoal)

fragment 1.4 – the real

the real emerges
with each new step
richness revealed
in an endless flow
of single sounds
images and words
and the opening
of objects

field fog (dartmoor, 2018)

fragment 1.5 – becoming

we are becoming
always becoming

each day we live
the hydrology of our cells
the geology of our matter
iron, calcium, carbon, phosphorous
the electricity of our nerves
we are borrowed materials
small motile ecosystems
of the body massive

we multiply and manipulate
the hydrologic earth
the geologic foundation
the water we drink
the food we eat
the air we breath
with no sense of limits
committing all beings
human and non-human
to a polluted natural

and we are becoming
always becoming