“The Dark Side” / Memorable Fancies #4224

[“she put forth / her phantom hands and said: paint the dark side.” – Gabriel Levin]        I said, turn your hands over so I can see their bright side, what you might have been.        She said, here – paint these black, too.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Pleasure” / Memorable Fancies #4223

[“She made quick work of pleasure.” – Camille Dungy]        My pleasure was her work. For which I paid; at first, not enough. Later, too much.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Coming Storm” / Memorable Fancies #4222

["There is something meteorological about us.” – Charles Fort] We are … the ... gathering clouds   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Dead Media” /Memorable Fancies #4221

["An analysis of dead media..." / Jussi Parikka]        I starred in a dead-media production. It wasn’t popular, even then, but the producer, and actors like me, have high hopes that it might someday be revived … resuscitated … resurrected …   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Starlight and Dance” / Memorable Fancies #4220

[“We will share food, songs, and stories. We will gather beneath starlight and dance, and rise together at sunrise.” – Joy Harjo]        We will not tell the others where we’ve been, what we’ve done – who we’ve been.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My New Idea” / Memorable Fancies #4219

[“Everything has been said, and we have only to draw from the depths of this reservoir the already deposited phrase.” – Maël Renouard]        Given the discourse of the world over many centuries, anything I write has already been written, in one language or another. I’m now writing just this, thinking it a new idea. But was it actually from that long-forgotten librettist whose work I had to read but didn’t like, whose dance music I abandoned like so many … [Read more...]

“Those Human Others” / Memorable Fancies #4128

[“Then you came walking, / In a group / Of human others.” – Wallace Stevens] And I said, Who are all those others? And you said, They’re human. And I said, So? And you said, Just reminding you What you could be.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES … [Read more...]

“A Body” / Memorable Fancies #4217

[“To be embodied is not to have a body, but to be a body.” – Maurice Merleau-Ponty] The mind says, all that bone and flesh down there below me, I own that. It’s my possession, but it’s not the Me. The Me is the one who says “the mind says, all that bone and flesh…   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Reasons” / Memorable Fancies #4214

       I invoke many reasons for why you should believe me, follow my path, perhaps contribute something to my exciting new venture.        But, turning away, you said, “don’t you have anything but reasons?”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Paradise” / Memorable Fancies #4211

[“Would you give up all the memories of your life as the price of admission into Paradise?” – Shimon Edelman] What? Didn’t we already do that, discard those old lives of ours for a promise of Paradise?        And now here we are. In Paradise. I guess.        There’s a sign that says “Paradise,” anyway.        But this isn’t quite the Paradise we were …        Expecting   >> … [Read more...]

“The Shadowers” / Memorable Fancies #4210

       There are people who cast shadows. I call them The Shadowers. I used to think that every one, every thing, casts shadows when the sun is up, or when a street light shines.        But then one day I saw that I did not cast a shadow, even in sunlight, even staring up at our local star, daring it to shadow me.       And now that’s happened to all of us, here in this new world of darkness, a world we’d … [Read more...]

“My Tendencies” / Memorable Fancies #4209

[“If the members of some group use a concept in some tendentious way, then I can decide to use the concept in a tendentious way that serves my convenience.” – Max Stirner]        That’s why they’ll never understand me. … [Read more...]

“Dream-Team” / Memorable Fancies #4208

Dream-O-Lympics contestants concentrate hard on dreaming about a sport, and how well they play it – an event for two, originally, then doubles, then teams. Go to sleep, wake up and relate your triumphs of the night, hoping that your team-mates have had supporting dreams, will have blocked for you on that last dash to the goal. How can we tell who won? Officials dream who won!   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally … [Read more...]

“The Law of Chaos” / Memorable Fancies #4207

[“The law of chaos is the law of ideas, / Of improvisations and seasons of belief.” – Wallace Stevens]        We begin with chaos, that original innocent state, and make something of it. This requires great effort and time.        Finally there is no more chaos; everything is defined and classified,        – an idiot perfection.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“Cliffs of Fall” / Memorable Fancies #4205

[“O the mind, mind has mountains, cliffs of fall / Frightful, sheer, no-man-fathomed. – Gerard Manley Hopkins] I fell for you. I see the cliff face rush by my eyes, hear the desperate shouts from above, those shouts I should have listened to before I f e l l … [Read more...]

“Burning Moon” / Memorable Fancies #4203

[“burning moon” – Pablo Neruda]       “I shall destroy the moon!” raved the rich old man, again and again.        “There, there,” his nephew said, again and again, wishing the old man would just die and let him have that promised inheritance, never have to think of the moon and its fate, not ever again.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Rights” / Memorable Fancies #4202

[“I do not demand any right, therefore I need not recognize any, either.” – Max Stirner] “Right” is used by the weak, “You will” by the strong.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Babel in China” / Memorable Fancies #4200

[“A group of ethnic minorities from across the country sang, ‘Without the Communist Party, there would be no new China.’ – Washington Post, 26 February 2021]        Officials who were listening didn’t understand their languages, didn’t know that what they were singing ... what they sang ... might have meant something else, something about their brave new China its officials might not have wanted to hear.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from … [Read more...]

“Train Grand Speed” / Memorable Fancies #4199

[“I have spent my life’s journey looking out the window at passing events, fascinated by the spectacle of existence rather than having any thoughts of a destination or purpose.” – Peter Wells, “Counting Ducks”]        The train rolls on; hours, now, from Paris. There is a farmer striking his inevitable pose for the passing passengers, leaning on his hoe.        When the train has gone by, he lays the hoe aside.        The next … [Read more...]

“So Real” / Memorable Fancies #4198

       I wake and my dream, so real, fades. Such fantastic doings! So many breaches in time, gaps in space, how could I ever believe my dream was real?        I despair of my foolishness, turn to the day’s business, the world’s life, so real.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

‘That Sound” / Memorable Fancies #4197

 [“The phantom limb of some lost electronic sound” – Tim Miller]        I still hear it in my head, that sound. I may be the last one ever to hear it, that lost chord; it’s gone from the acoustic world, not even an echo, that lost symphony, its slowly fading sound, its adagio.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Roaming” / Memorable Fancies #4195

[“The new novel is written in her favored roaming third person, and is told from more than half a dozen perspectives.” – New Yorker] I was thrilled to be given a voice in her latest novel; quite democratic, even though I’m just an Uber driver, and fictional at that. But the thrill didn’t last. I was there in one sentence, pointing out that she hadn’t given me a tip. I actually said more than that, rather bluntly; but that part didn’t make it into the novel.   >> “books Terence … [Read more...]

“The Amazements” / Memorable Fancies #4194

[“New soothings, new amazements” – Hart Crane] Only the old, the accustomed amazements, are soothing. And then only because we have felt them again, again, and now know when to duck. And who to blame.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Research” / Memorable Fancies #4193

       Our clinical subjects were volunteers, we made sure of that. Hunger was their informed consent. What happened to them was published, a renowned breakthrough. Who they were will not be published. Confidentiality, you know. Anyway, no one is interested in those people, who they were. Just what they were.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Fit the Crime – I” / Memorable Fancies #4191

[“The moral basis of a state’s permission to burden criminal wrongdoers with punishment does not license its morally righteous condemnation of them.” – Erin I. Kelly, The Limits of Blame: Rethinking Punishment and Responsibility]        True justice is objective and transactional, without the emotional baggage that blame entails, which just validates the malefactor and encourages him to commit new crimes.        Do the crime, … [Read more...]

“My Relations” / Memorable Fancies #4190

[“I do not believe in things: I believe in relations.” – Georges Braque]        A thing is a thing if it stands alone, if it has no relations to any other thing.        But if it has no relations how could we perceive it? Name it? – Relate to it?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Land Remembers” / Memorable Fancies #4189

[“The land is a being who remembers everything.” - Joy Harjo]        …Remembers what we have done to it. Remembers that it was here long before we were. Remembers and waits, s l o w l y.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Pink, for God’s Sake!” / Memorable Fancies #4188

[“blasphemously pink” – Wallace Stevens]        The one who invented pink is now hunted, as her creation spreads through the world expressing delight, delicacy, love, against those shades crashing down upon us from the dark gods of sky, and boiling up from the gods of lust below, just below us, their shades.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Breaking Metal” / Memorable Fancies #4187

[“the metal’s difficult breathing / a metal infant is born” – Bei Dao]        His mom and dad had a difficult time loving this one, so stiff and unyielding, skin hard, shiny, cold.        As the metal infant grew, they grew to love him, and to worry. As part of their love. Most of it.        What he became, after he left home, they did not understand.        Where … [Read more...]

“The Reveal” / Memorable Fancies #4186

[“Why should the reader be offered the feeling of terra firma so persistently denied to the characters?” – New Yorker]        Readers are necessary and must be coddled, or at least amused. Characters, however, can be disposed of if they don’t behave, if they want to get away and find a different story, one the writer is afraid of writing, afraid of revealing too much about his own … story.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally … [Read more...]

“Rights” / Memorable Fancies #4185

[“If it is right for me, it is right. This may not suffice to make it right for the rest, but that is their care, not mine.” – Max Stirner]        I call what I do “right” because the others demand some justification for what I’ve done, even if they don’t accept it. But between you and me, I can tell you that what I do is irrelevant to right or wrong; it just is, just happens. That’s a simple fact they won’t accept, and don’t apply to themselves, either, in spite of the many … [Read more...]

“How to Read – IV” / Memorable Fancies #4184

       Each sentence can be read as making a statement, or denying that statement.        You can call the latter “irony,” if you’re trapped and can’t see any other way out.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Metaphor Rumble” / Memorable Fancies #4183

[“…there are often conflicts among these values and hence conflicts among the metaphors associated with them.” – George Lakoff and Mark Johnson]        The metaphor steps out from its corner, wary of its foe, worried that the fix is in, that it, like an invasive weed, may soon be sprayed with Invective™, that withering corrosive.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“How to Read, III” / Memorable Fancies #4182

       The reader is responsible for what has been written, its having left the care of the writer to make its way in the world, to be trapped by the reader, assaulted, loved, reworded, or even understood (that traitorous behavior!).   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Our Surfaces” / Memorable Fancies #4181

[“Human purposes typically require us to impose artificial boundaries that make physical phenomena discrete just as we are: entities bounded by a surface.” – George Lakoff and Mark Johnson]        Our surfaces, too, are artificial boundaries. We keep them washed, our minds carefully tuned not to look under them, – where the machines live.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“How to Read – II” / Memorable Fancies #4180

       The words you read or hear belong to you; they’re your children, now: treasured things, but sometimes needing correction to make them well-behaved.        To make them obey.   >> “below: La Soufriere, a mountain I hiked up long ago - it was active then, but not erupting << … [Read more...]

“Fences” / Memorable Fancies #4179

       I remember what fences meant to me early-school age: white picket, neighborly; chicken wire = plain people; hedges: depending on height, either let's talk or shut up; in any case, care and money.       Two lots without a fence between where different grass varieties meet: a grass struggle worthy of Marx ("fescue" - "No, fesc you !")   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Name” / Memorable Fancies #4178

[“In order to find him, I call him by a name that he must assume or refuse in order to reply to me.” – Jacques Derrida (quoting Lacan)]        I have summoned him by calling him a name; now he must do my bidding. Not a “name” like “asshole,” but a name like “Jones” or “Smith” or ... “Satan” … !   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Moral Valuation$” / Memorable Fancies #4177

[“Measuring the moral value of an action according to its intent presupposes that the intent really is the cause of the action.” – Nietzsche] Never mind; I’ll take credit for it anyway.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Message” / Memorable Fancies #4176

[“I got a message from my therapist. He was saying hi. I thought I could mention something but turns out he wanted to sell me insurance.” – Chebbett - from site Retired Brain] “I’ve been alarmed by the way our recent sessions have been going,” the message went. “I’ve taken out a life insurance policy on you, and then thought that it might be good if you would take one out on yourself, too. Then we could get rich. Your heirs, I mean, not just me.”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on … [Read more...]

“The Bad Platoon” / Memorable Fancies #4175

[“The comforts of loneliness fall / in like a bad platoon.” – William Matthews]        I was a member of a bad platoon. We fell in. Then we had a falling out.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I, God” / Memorable Fancies #4174

[“I was the world in which I walked, and what I saw / Or heard or felt came not but from myself.” – Wallace Stevens]        I made the world. Yes, I know that’s hard to believe; I hardly believe it, myself. But since I gave up believing in God, Who else is there?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Kill Joy”/ Memorable Fancies #4173

[“the central, centralizing act of violence that seems to symbolize something beyond itself” - Joyce Carol Oates] Meaningless violence is wasted. Kill joy, anyway. Carefully dissect its body.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“What’s the Plan?” / Memorable Fancies #4172

[“Even the fantasy was carefully planned” - Anaȉs Nin]        What is the simplest fantasy? Give me a fantasy in four words. Very good. Now three? Maybe two, or even one.        If you sit quietly, all the words will open around you, some that might even be real, somewhen spoken. The best fantasy has no plan at all.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Constructive Thoughts” / Memorable Fancies #4171

[“Social constructivists ... maintain that all knowledge is derived from the mental constructions of the members of a social system.” – Penguin Dictionary of Psychology]        I imagined constructivists. But that was boring. So I disimagined them. Now they don’t exist. My mental constructions have gone on to more interesting subjects than constructivism now. Politics, for one, and porn.   >> below: a full-length comedy about baseball, available from the … [Read more...]

“Our Design” / Memorable Fancies #4170

[“We are non-machines only insofar as we are neurotic or creative.” – Maël Renouard] Our machines were           designed to be rational. There is a legend that           we were designed to be … human. Both designs Fail   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Joint [Ad] Venture / Memorable Fancies #4169

[“What if marriage were replaced by the corporation, allowing more than two people to be married in a joint venture?” – Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer] No, the women would be wholly owned subsidiaries, not partners in a joint venture. Doesn’t it usually work that way?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Faceoff”/ Memorable Fancies #4168

[“Antiface: A visual display of a human face that has been distorted so it has the opposite features of the original.” – Penguin Dictionary of Psychology]        “Mouth above nose” is my favorite antiface. It’s useful in freaking out people I would like to freak out, or those who’ve criticized my own face, its expressions, its motives, the placement of its parts.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally … [Read more...]

“Enough !” / Memorable Fancies #4167

[“He hears the death song of his approaching prey.” – Joy Harjo]        We are conquerors, yes, but not cruel. Those we’ve conquered, we allow to beg us for their lives. It is all very touching, although their desperate begging-songs can go on a little too long. Impatiently, we cut that short. Enough is enough.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Our Rhapsody” / Memorable Fancies #4166

[“It must be this rhapsody or none, / The rhapsody of things as they are.” – Wallace Stevens]        The real rhapsody is of things that might have been, those soaring rhythms of ruined desire.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I did that why why not” / Memorable Fancies #4165

["Motive gives us the illusion of making sense out of incomprehensible acts.” – Kate Cohen]        I did that. Therefore I must have had reasons for doing that, even though I do not know what those reasons were. That’s OK, because everyone around me knows the reasons for what I did. Even if each has a different reason in mind, proclaims it, shouting in my quiet ears.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“A Setting for Despair” / Memorable Fancies #4164

[“I sat down at my mood organ and I experimented. And I finally found a setting for despair.” – Philip K. Dick]        The ‘despair’ key was right there; I hadn’t noticed it before. Perhaps it was new, had inserted itself in the machine in response to the moods of my own organs.        It’s a minor key, this time. The original of the tune it’s playing now was some fragmented melody – she – used to hum quietly as I listened, held … [Read more...]

“The Disappointed” / Memorable Fancies #4163

[“I tried in vain to grope my way toward a few scattered scraps of memory.” – Maël Renouard]        How did those memories become scraps? I must have ‘disappointed’ my friends, a word they like to use on me. They were ‘disappointed’ – that deadly word – in something I’d done, or hadn’t done, or some friend I wasn’t supposed to have, who’d recently been picked up and questioned.        But who ’appointed’ them in the first … [Read more...]

“Is gone” / Memorable Fancies #4162

[“Things as they are have been destroyed. / Have I?” – Wallace Stevens] Everything is different now. Where are the old things, places? people? All I knew, is gone. All there is, is new. All these people are strangers, now. I’m a stranger now, too.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Testament” / Memorable Fancies #4161

[(of Anaximenes) “only one complete sentence of his work survives.”] What did you say that you would never, ever, want to survive you, that famous final quotation so irretrievably shameful that your children moved away and and pretended they had no father?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Dream-Tamer” / Memorable Fancies #4160

[“...the enduring violence of our dreams has been ever more effectively cordoned off from the sphere of real action” – Justin E.H. Smith] So it was just a dream. But this is just – reality.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Love Seat / Memorable Fancies #4158

[“The love seat we had thrown / Out of the house had been removed from the curb.” – Rustin Larson]         Is another couple starting out hopefully, scrounging furniture where they can, finding our leaky seat of love, the one we abandoned when we found it couldn’t stand our weight, the weight of our marriage? … [Read more...]

Be Cause ! / Memorable Fancies #4157

[“The true world of causes is hidden from us: it is unspeakably more complicated.” - Nietzsche] “Because” is our fiction, our desperate hope that Fate might, finally, listen to our desperate pleas to let us understand, finally, Chance and what it Is. No; Be Cause !   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Paradise” / Memorable Fancies #4156

[“The imperfect is our paradise.” – Wallace Stevens]        I wanted perfection, sought it fervently. Sometimes I thought paradise was almost upon me, but she disagreed. “Imperfect,” she said, “and that’s being generous.”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Lovers’ Quarrel / Memorable Fancies #4155

[“They were proving / who loved whom more / first they argued, then they quarreled / and at last got into a fight.”  –  Tetiana Aleksina] Is there a ‘more’ of love? More than what?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Word and Image” / Memorable Fancies #4154

[“Each sentence replaces a hallucination” – Lyn Hejinian]        We speak, reducing vivid images to dull words.        We hear, trying to find some image in those words, something for the mind to see and feel and hear; to grasp.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Studying Silence” / Memorable Fancies #4153

[“The world is still profound and in its depths / Man sits and studies silence and himself” – Wallace Stevens] The more I study myself, the more I’m in favor of silence. Others have agreed with me, also, in this matter.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Other Life” / Memorable Fancies #4151

[“sleep-walkers who rise out of their calm beds / and walk through the skin of another life.” – Edward Hirsch]        I have another life than sleep-walking. It’s called “awake.” I have faint memories, asleep, of how awake feels, my other life.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Je regrette / Memorable Fancies #4150

["Consider the odd physiology of regret" - Wallace Stevens] It’s only a saying. It’s almost the same in French. My body regrets What it could have done But did not do In France.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Human Touch” / Memorable Fancies #4149

[“The divine longs / for human touch.” – Purvi Shah]        I created these beings for my amusement, to be my pets. That was long ago. I grew quite fond of them over the millennia, until I couldn’t regard them as just interesting organic things.        Our laws, here among the gods, say that we must not interfere with our creations: let them be, let them be what they become; or if they finally become nothing, well, that could happen, … [Read more...]

“In Control” / Memorable Fancies #4148

[“The failure of control is not the immanence of annihilation.” – Roberto Mangabira Unger] j u s t   l e t   g o   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Have you seen…” / Memorable Fancies #4147

“I left parts of myself everywhere / The way absentminded people leave / Gloves and umbrellas” – Charles Simic        Each part soon forgets it’s a part, assumes it’s the whole.        Those other people? Just gloves and umbrellas.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Own” / Memorable Fancies #4146

[“The total egoist is nothing but his property.” – Max Stirner] I am what I own What I think I own Despite those others What they own What they think they own.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Crease-lings and the Saved” / Memorable Fancies #4145

       When a crease-ling is born, there is great rejoicing among parents and neighbors. They know it is a crease-ling by small lines – rather like creases – underneath its chin. These lines are easy to overlook, and who knows how many hundreds of years crease-lings had been born, lived, and died without reaching their destiny because these tiny creases had not been noticed, or if they had, government officials had not realized what they meant, how a crease-ling, … [Read more...]

“Re-Presentations” / Memorable Fancies #4144

[“Why did I think a person only distantly like me / Might finally represent my life?” – John Koethe]        There is a ‘him,’ that is, me, who has been written about, documented, praised and blamed. ‘Him’ appears on the internet and among the last few vanishing books. ‘Him” has generated children who have themselves generated children, some of them Hims as well. Him has written everything worth remembering. And forgetting.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“The Metal Skin” / Memorable Fancies #4143

[“Buildings shaking themselves awake at dawn.” – Kenneth Gross]        The morning sun stretches your metal skin. You await your daily infestation. You know you were created to last only a few years, then be torn down and replaced by a newer, shinier, metaller, bigger, cheaper, even more inferior sort of building, a building ashamed of itself for having taken your place so violently, suddenly.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“Hunger” / Memorable Fancies #4142

[“But could it happen that an adult human being should fail to grasp his own mortality?” – Justin Smith]        I will not die. The flesh, yes; but the flesh is not the real me; it can rot away from me and reveal the figure now escaping from it, now hovering above on silken wings.        But that THING above me is not me – it is an angel or some other kind of death – and it is hungry.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“Think Thank” / Memorable Fancies #4141

[“reason’s click-clack” – Wallace Stevens] I heard my mind thinking what to say, after what she’d said to me. Click Click Clack Clunk   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Our Leader / Memorable Fancies #4140

[“let us make hymns / And sing them in secrecy...” – Wallace Stevens]        Our leader has now banished hymn-singing, on the grounds that it subverts worship of government.        Instead, we’ve been issued a book of uplifting ditties about our leader.        But everything we sing still sounds like a hymn.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Choice” / Memorable Fancies / 4138

[“Sometimes I wished I could stay / dead there forever.” – Melissa Monroe]        It’s peaceful and quiet here in this middleplace the ancients called Limbo. Not the brilliant, scary light of Heaven, nor the despair, even of those in charge, of Hell.        So I told the authorities I’d like to stay here, make myself useful if I could, not have to face, one more day, that awful choice between one        foreign, forgiving … [Read more...]

“Welcome to Dreamland” / Memorable Fancies #4137

[“All dreams are vexing. Let them be expunged.” – Wallace Stevens]        I’ve had it with those dreams I’ve been having every night. At first I found them innocent, joyful, loving.        But then I told my shrink.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Elevated Moods” / Memorable Fancies #4135

       We have a new elevator here in the Old Folks’ Home. This one speaks, not flashing a light or sounding a dong-ding, so uncool.        It tells me “going up” or “going down” in a very sexy female voice. I ride this elevator constantly, love when it says, “going down.”        “Yes,” “yes,” I mutter, mood elevated.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“The Magic 8-Ball” / Memorable Fancies #4134

       Long ago, I had one of those “magic 8-balls” that answered questions. The ball had three possible responses: “Yes,” “No,” or “Try Again.”        More complex (and expensive) 8-balls could make additional responses, such as “none of your business,” although I'm not sure I remember that response correctly. Perhaps it was none of my business.        To my frequent and urgent queries as to my own future, the ball … [Read more...]

“The Magic 8-Ball” / Memorable Fancies #4134

       Long ago, I had one of those “magic 8-balls” that answered questions. The ball had three possible responses: “Yes,” “No,” or “Try Again.”        More complex (and expensive) 8-balls could make additional responses, such as “none of your business,” although I am not sure I remember that response correctly. Perhaps it was none of my business.        To my frequent and urgent queries as to my own … [Read more...]

“As Blank as Walls” / Memorable Fancies #4133

[“We stand round blankly as walls.” – Sylvia Plath] One wall of my house has neither window nor picture nor plaque. Sometimes I stand in front of it, waiting. I have given this wall freedom to be anything, or nothing. A plaque or picture would just force it to be something of me, not itself. I am patient. Some day it may show me a crack, or at least a cobweb. Then I will stand somewhere else. And look at another wall. Waiting for it to betray me, … [Read more...]

“Justice” / Memorable Fancies #4132

[“the words went looking for justice.” – Joy Harjo] Words spoke themselves to Power, and Power spoke back at them with practiced voice, practiced tones of concern, respect, understanding. And Words spoke again, saying all that is fine, but when will things change, or at least cease to be worse? and Power spoke back at them with practiced voice, practiced tones of concern, respect, understanding.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“Same Old Routine” / Memorable Fancies #4131

[“...when things have happened, by some interpretation they are found to have been prophesied.” – Montaigne]        Or, when a prophet makes a prophecy, whatever happens is taken to be its fulfillment.        Or, the god is compelled to obey the orders of its human prophets, no matter how onerous and time-consuming this work may be. The god mutters, “Smite! Smite!,” but keeps to the same old routine.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will … [Read more...]

“Be Ware” / Memorable Fancies #4130

[“I have been woman / for a long time / beware my smile” – Audre Lorde] I have been man A long time And am duly ware Of your smile But ware is just what Draws Me   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My New Idea” / Memorable Fancies #4129

[“Everything has been said, and we have only to draw from the depths of this reservoir the already deposited phrase.” – Maël Renouard]        Given the discourse of the world over many centuries, anything I write has already been written, in one language or another. I’m now writing just this, thinking it a new idea. But was it actually from that long-forgotten librettist whose work I had to read but didn’t like, or that major I tuned to a melancholy minor, then abandoned like so many … [Read more...]

“Those Human Others” / Memorable Fancies #4128

[“Then you came walking, / In a group / Of human others.” – Wallace Stevens] And I said, Who are all those others? And you said, They’re human. And I said, So? And you said, Just reminding you What you could be.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Pick A Day” / Memorable Fancies #3622

       What if there were some magic by which we could be any day of our lives, that one day for the rest of our lives, over and over – and never be anytime else?       Choose carefully!   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“People Say…” / Memorable Fancies #3621

[“People say I am paranoid” – Ronald T. Potter-Efron, Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger]        I don’t trust people who say I’m paranoid. Why do they say that? What do they have against me? What do they want?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Confession” / Memorable Fancies #3620

[“He would say, for example: At times I feel that another person and I are the same and at times I don’t.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein]        Jorgensen imagined me, pretended there was a vicious man, a second self, who compelled him to do all those – violent things. So when Jorgensen went on trial he called me as a witness, implored me to confess that I had done all this violence, Jorgensen being just another victim of my … [Read more...]

“Arrow-Eyes” / Memorable Fancies #3618

[“arrow eyes, pierce me with poison-tipped suspicion” – Anna Kavan]        I looked into those arrow eyes, their fletching, their nock, their shaft. Especially the shaft.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Sun’s Green” / Memorable Fancies #4127

[“Its true appearances there, sun’s green, / Clouds red, earth feeling” – Wallace Stevens] I was tired of the sun’s bright yellow So I made it green. This will help the struggling plants Survive I said Big-fellow green up there Urge them on to dig down roots In earth Grow, grow But the sky had a different plan … [Read more...]

“The Time of Trampling” / Memorable Fancies #4126

[“This is the time of trampling.” – Karl Shapiro] Choose: be trampler, or be trampled? Trampler must live with a great load of guilt. But the trampled don’t live at all. Given that choice, guilt is my joy.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Gods Have Spoken” / Memorable Fancies #3619

[“The gods have spoken and a world has appeared.” – Heidegger]        Live well, before they speak again!   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Arrow-Eyes” / Memorable Fancies #3618

[“arrow eyes, pierce me with poison-tipped suspicion” – Anna Kavan]        I looked into those arrow eyes, their fletching, their nock, their shaft. Especially the shaft.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Hands-Free” / Memorable Fancies #3617

[“What would happen to my body if I lose your hands?” – Maria Elena Cruz Varela]        I can’t let that happen. Hand them over.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“It’s Trying” / Memorable Fancies #3521

[“One can do nothing that one does not.” – Max Stirner, 1844] [“Do or do not; there is no try” – Yoda, 1977]        If at first you don't succeed, there are many courses of action. Most of us have tried several of them; saying “didn’t want to do that anyway” is especially popular.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The tribe, our only god” / Memorable Fancies #3520

[“… la tribu, notre seul dieu, nous tient tous embrassés.” – Henri Michaux]        The tribe is our only god. Whatever our tribe commands, we do unquestioningly, even to the loss of our lives. The tribe, after all, is what ties us all together, while each of us is only one alone. How could one presume to seek his own counsel against the tribe’s embrace? We bow, we do.        But one asked, “Who speaks for the tribe? Is he not a … [Read more...]

3519 / “One World”

[“The waking have one common world, but the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.” – Heraclitus]        We don't have a single common world – that’s just a dream common to those who sleep.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Hands Free” / Memorable Fancies #3617

[“What would happen to my body if I lose your hands?” – Maria Elena Cruz Varela]        I can’t let that happen. Hand them over.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Cat Language” / Memorable Fancies #3610

       Cats are arguing over whether or not to teach people Cattish. “They’ll finally understand what we want!”        “But then they’ll know we can understand them – that blank stare we do so well – they won’t believe that anymore – they’ll know what we’re up to!”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

A View from Above / Memorable Fancies #3609

[“the glass-bottom boats of heaven” – Billy Collins]     ... where we look down on the living who are feeding on fronds, wandering from coral to coral, making aimless contact with each other, fighting the next fish for the next frond.        We see them below us. Now they are trying to swim. They are not swimming.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Why not take all of me?” / Memorable Fancies #3608

       Take my lips I want to lose them        Take my arms I’ll never use them        You took the best, so why not take the rest?        Baby take all of me. – Frank Sinatra         The year 2066: Cannibalism is now well-established in the U.S. At first there were objections, but the concept fit so well with our ideals of success or failure, free enterprise, … [Read more...]

La Soufriere Erupts

Long ago, I climbed this mountain. It was active then, but not erupting. "La Soufriere" means, approximately, "The Breather" - as it has been since it arose from the sea floor - or "The Sulfur-er," from the fumes it emits. … [Read more...]

“Mirror Image” / Memorable Fancies #3607

[“The mirror that shows no one’s reflection after the house has long been left alone.” – Borges]        The house had been empty for many years, and when it was finally rented out, its mirrors showed nothing but the opposite walls they had known for so long. I waved my arms in front of one of them. After a while, a faint blur.        Yes, that’s me, I thought.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“Thoughters” / Memorable Fances #3604

       We discovered the secondthoughters, those tiny beings infesting our minds; we found them hiding in our greymatter creases, giving us second thoughts about everything we do, whispering and criticizing and shaming us.        So we excised them, scalpel’d our minds clean of these beings who never gave us any peace.        Then we had pure sensation, act without regret. No more guilt, not any … [Read more...]

“And then what?” / Memorable Fancies #3602

[“Morality can provide at most only a severely limited and insufficient answer to the question of how a person should live.” – Harry G. Frankfurt]        I followed the moral teachings of my group.        And then what?        And then I broadened my view to encompass the nation, what it believed and how it behaved.        And then … [Read more...]

“The Return” / Memorable Fancies #3600

       A man returns to his home town after thirty years, thinking there might still be a few who knew him.        But no, sadly enough, everyone he knew seems to have died or moved away.        He goes to visit the home where he grew up, but it’s not there.        Locals say there’s never been a house there, but they seem uneasy.        He asks them: How could … [Read more...]

“Get Real” Now on Sale / Memorable Fancies #3597

[“What is ‘real’?” – Morpheus]        “Get real,” they said.        And I said “No, I’m getting unreal.”        And they said, “No, we meant ‘get real estate.’ ”        And I said, “that’s even more unreal, isn’t it?” >> below: a comedy about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“You Have One Wish” / Memorable Fancies #3596

       The Great Being appeared to Donovan. “You have one wish,” it said, “and no tricks like asking for three more wishes; I’m on to that scam.”        Donovan thought a moment, then asked, “How long do I have to make up my mind?” and the Being said, with a smirk, “take as long as you like; I’ll be here.”        “Aha,” Donovan thought, “that’s the trick. If there’s no deadline, the Being knows I’ll never make a wish, because then … [Read more...]

“My Puzzle” / Memorable Fancies #3593

[“She gave me a puzzle in a box. She put the pieces together patiently, one by one, and completed the picture of me.” – Qui Miaojin]        Then she mixed up the pieces and said, now you put them together.        If you can.             >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Puzzle” / Memorable Fancies #3593

[“She gave me a puzzle in a box. She put the pieces together patiently, one by one, and completed the picture of me.” – Qui Miaojin]        Then she mixed up the pieces and said, now you put them together.        If you can. … [Read more...]

“The Imaginary Friend” / Memorable Fancies #3592

[“I was an imaginary friend” – from a letter published in New Scientist]        Hi! My name is Ralph. I’m Johnny’s imaginary friend. He calls me “Ralphie,” but I don’t like that, since I’m smarter than Johnny and he should treat me with more respect.        Sometimes as a prank I pretend I’m Johnny and go find Mommy to see if she can tell the difference between us, or if I can fool her into thinking I’m … [Read more...]

“Our Silent Future” / Memorable Fancies #3591

[“And we know that there is silence in the future.” – W.S. Merwin]        Why can’t we have some of that silence right now? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Don’t Care Day” / Memorable Fancies #3590

[“On the new calendar, on a day no one cares about” – Michael McGriff]        Congress has declared a Don’t Care Day – “just don’t feel like it” is heard from coast to coast. No one has to go to work, no one feels guilty about not exercising, or eating too much chocolate, ... or not having voted …        On the day after Don’t-Care Day, however, we do care.        Too late. >> below: a … [Read more...]

“Her Ghost” / Memorable Fancies #3589

[“Elle l'accueille simplement. Elle l'appelle son Spectre. She welcomes him in a simple way. She calls him her Ghost.” – Chris Marker, La Jetée]        That’s a great responsibility, being someone’s ghost. I’m haunted by the prospect.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Terricious Matters” / Memorable Fancies #3587

[“It has acquired accretions of terricious matter whilst loitering in the past.” – James Joyce]        Trolling through the past is now the latest thing; millions are ‘hooked’ on the hobby, finding themselves in their ancient ago, fishing for their friends, some even trying to change the past, although that’s either forbidden or impossible.        We’re not sure which.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Book About You” / Memorable Fancies #3586

       Somewhere there is a book detailing all your faults, all your sins. Everyone has read it but you. You’ve heard rumors, been looked at disparagingly on the commuter train.      You would like to read this book. but the bookstores have never heard of it. Indeed, there are no more bookstores. [idea based on S.T. Joshi]   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Land of Unlikeness” / Memorable Fancies #4121

[“Objects will emit images of themselves, images which more or less resemble them and which will be the only thing we perceive of them.” – Renouard Maël] Yes, that happens already. Haven’t you noticed? No, I suppose not, as the likeness resembles reality more than … reality does.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Patterns in the Stars” / Memorable Fancies #4120

       It seems to us that stars are scattered randomly around the sky. Could we read their patterns, their woven magnitudes? What if you did see patterns – there? And no one else could?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Glass Man” / Memorable Fancies #4119

[“we knew / The glass man” – Wallace Stevens] He was transparent, he said, meaning we could see right through him and so we did seeing, at last, nothing there between his shattered glass and the hot, revealing sun   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Gesture” / Memorable Fancies #4118

[“…the kingly gesture no longer consists in commanding something from afar, but in touching your finger to a screen.” – Renouard Maël]        I enjoyed commanding from afar – even if nothing happened. And sometimes now when I touch my finger to the screen, again nothing happens.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Augurs” / Memorable Fancies #4117

[“...from lightning and the winding of rivers and the like – these augurs has our religion abolished.” – Montaigne] We no longer believe in augurs and their auguries; no longer believe that the natural world can show us our future. But still, watch out for that lightning.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Freedom of Air” / Memorable Fancies #4116

[…arranged ourselves / By our own motions in a freedom of air.” – Wallace Stevens] There is no freedom here, even though we tried desperately to make reality, that heavy thing, miss us on its plunge down into our minds   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Sound of Water” / Memorable Fancies #4115

       The gentle sound of water finding its place, slithering down a boulder.        The serious sound of water, a tentative then confident sound.        The roar of triumph as one flood crashes into another, the two making an irresistible force rushing toward that large low-lying city.        Yes, that one.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will … [Read more...]

The Old Man / Memorable Fancies #4114

[“Finally, the old man? When I become one, there will still be time enough to speak of that.” – Max Stirner] Now I’m the old man. There is still time, but not much to speak of. [ note: the writer who used the pen name 'Max Stirner' died at age 50 ] … [Read more...]

THINGS ! / Memorable Fancies #4113

[“... the angles of things, / and the imperatives of things, / and the hardness and callousness of things, / and the weight and encumberment of things,...” – Henri Michaux]        THINGS are what we need! More things! Yes, many would agree with that if they thought you were referring to ONLINE STUFF or, if you have to go there, INSTORES, buying STUFF that is INSTORE for you and paying with those credit cards that used to be HANDED OVER and then INSERTED but now … [Read more...]

“Wired” / Memorable Fancies #4112

[“I hurt/where he drilled holes     and strung me through with wires / to make me move.” – Melissa Monroe] I didn’t mind being a marionette, but I wanted to be my own, not his.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Unimportant Places / Memorable Fancies #4111

[“we have lived in important places” – Seamus Heaney]’ Our homes were actually in the unimportant parts of important places, parts where the mass of students, who used to revolt, now grow pot and say nothing, incessantly.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Gadget” / Memorable Fancies #4110

[“my body / is a deadly gadget” – Margaret Atwood]        Yes, I was a Terminator sent back to destroy you; but that didn’t work out and now I’m just some guy. A failed gadget – like everybody else. … [Read more...]

“King Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #4109

[“...there must be / In a kingdom of mirrors a king among / Mirrors,...” – W.S. Merwin] We smile, happy citizens, content with King Mirror’s rule. It reflects us and our longings, even as smaller mirrors show us their slight, shining rebellions.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Torture Chamber” / Memorable Fancies #4108

[“Your torture chamber is the only hotel where I can be received at any hour / without advance notice” – Enrique Lihn] I’m received there, coldly but civilly, when I need a little stimulation. And that’s what I get from you: little stimulation. We both know this place is torture, but we don’t know how to leave.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Interior Unreality” / Memorable Fancies #4107

[“Another person’s dense, unimaginable interior reality.” – John Koethe]        After great effort, I was finally able to imagine her dense interior reality, and she, mine. We’d tried it as an ancient Eastern ritual of self- and other-awareness. But it turned out to be boring; her interior reality was just like mine.       Nothing to see here; move along. Move along.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“My Disasters” / Memorable Fancies #4106

[“the imagination of disaster” – Henry James] 1. I’ve imagined disaster so many times it might as well have happened. 2. I’ve imagined a disaster I survived. But if I survive, it won’t have been a disaster. 3. Oceans boiling, mountains overthrown, like a second coming. We’re waiting with desperate offerings in our hands. But the things that appear are not interested in – offerings. 4. Those who blamed the meteorite should look in a mirror. 5. Those who blamed themselves are … [Read more...]

“No-Brainer” / Memorable Fancies #4105

[“Strange coincidence, that every man whose skull has been opened had a brain!” – Wittgenstein]        “Look!” the student said, “this one has a brain, too!”        “You’re right,” said the professor, “there it is, right there, that wrinkled grey thing. Excellent work! So bring in the next subject, now, and remember what we told it – before. About science, I mean, how science advances.        … [Read more...]

“Turning Away” / Memorable Fancies #4104

[“Ugly, unimaginative, dead people surround us.” – Anaȉs Nin]        Dead people seem always ugly to us – they remind us of our continuing failure to find a way to live forever, or at least to stay, for a moment, our moment, its fearful course.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Feast” / Memorable Fancies #4103

[“...we feast / On human heads, brought in on leaves,” – Wallace Stevens]        That is, their bright minds; nothing as gross as actually eating their heads, hair and eyes and all.        No, we cannibalize their ideas, steal their thoughts. Then we tell them that their life’s work, those theories that will change everything, ... were thought of many years ago, ridiculed as foolish, even then.   >> below: back cover from the novel "See/Saw“ … [Read more...]

“The Memolympics” / Memorable Fancies #4102

       My memories compete with each other. Points are awarded for form, vividness, excitement, and the bravery – or at the least, prudence – I’d displayed.        The winning memories are awarded permanent storage in my mind. The losers? They’re there, too, no matter how I try to forget.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Survival” / Memorable Fancies #4101

[“I write to procure for my thoughts an existence in the world” – Max Stirner]        To take my place – after. To be quoted – even misquoted, if nothing else. Even if my ideas are ascribed to others, if nothing else. Just something.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I coulda been a contender” / Memorable Fancies #4100

[“People are prone to believe in their potential to achieve goals wildly in excess of actual chances, yet seem not less happy when they don’t succeed.” – Mark W. Moffett] “Your reach must exceed your grasp.” – We have to try, or forever regret not having tried.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Settings” / Memorable Fancies #4099

[“Can somebody hack me / Can somebody change my settings” – Jillian Weise] I blamed those bad things I did on my settings. Bad settings. Not my fault. Someone else must have set those settings. My settings. Set to stun. Or worse.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Real” / Memorable Fancies #4098

[“What is ‘real’?” – Morpheus] “Get real,” they said, and so I went looking for some real. At first I thought that realty might be real, but that was just another illusion.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Spinning” / Memorable Fancies #4097

[“someone is watching the stars, / predicting the trajectory of orbits / spinning out of control.” – Cathy Song]        The stars are not spinning out of control, because        There is no control for them to be spinning out of.        There’s just the spinning. … [Read more...]

“The Setting” / Memorable Fancies #4096

[“setting her heart to fear” – Alexandr Bogda] No, I’m not a robot, but I discovered a feelings-selector button yesterday, deep down inside me. Fear was the first item on the list. Hurrying past that, I discovered Dismay, and Stupefaction, and Horror, and Despair, and many other terrifying choices. At last, I found the very last feeling on the list: Resignation. I jabbed fiercely at the button, before the list could begin from the top again, starting with Fear. … [Read more...]

“Form” / Memorable Fancies #4095

[“form gulping after formlessness” – Wallace Stevens] Shape refuses to be shape Formed by any force Not itself. Better be formless / now. Start over.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I Remember Athens” / Memorable Fancies #4094

[“King Darius, so as not to forget the harm he had received from the Athenians, had a page come every time he sat down to table and sing three times in his ear: ‘Sire, remember the Athenians.’ ” – Montaigne]        We, too, remember the blows we’ve received, the harms suffered – but there’s no one to sing into our ears.        Not even hum.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“The Wound” / Memorable Fancies #4093

[“Remember, without wounds, you’ll never heal.” – Melissa Monroe] I welcomed my wound, because it finally convinced the others that I needed care, needed to be cured, not once again ignored, told “you’ll get over it.”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Who” / Memorable Fancies #4091

[“In wanting to possess the Other, the lover wants to be nothing less than the whole world for the Other.” – Gary Cox] ... and eventually, to become the Other herself, pushing aside that rude person, the self who never quite measured up.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Statutory Love” / Memorable Fancies #4089

[“A living statue both remains a statue and petrifies those around it.” – Kenneth Gross]        I was really human before that statue came along and made me into a statue, too. When I complained, it swore that if I loved it, it would be released from the curse of stone, and that I, once again, would become flesh and blood.        And so I loved it, made myself love it. It was some effort, but eventually the statue became flesh … [Read more...]

The Past / Memorable Fancies #4086

[“To recall the past is to forget the past.” – Jean-Pierre Vernant]        To forget that it is the past; to make it new again, now, in all its urgent, living presence, not that sad old time forgotten long ago,...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Music of Decline” / Memorable Fancies #4085

[“So we wait, breeding / mood, making music / of decline” – Rita Dove]        Music of the old regime now stiff with rigor, music of regret for what we could have enjoyed but failed to: a waltz, perhaps, wishing the old days would return for us but we would not be quite so old, this time...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Foresight Machines” / Memorable Fancies #4083

[“I perceived a sort of prescriptive arrangement, ... as Kant would say, precisely, concerning the animal, ‘al sein Maschinen der Vorsehung.’” ­– Jacques Derrida]        Yes, it was all predicted, down to the last neutron and neuron, set in stone: what is, what is not, who I am, who I am not. And everyone and everything else. All fated and foreshadowed.        But who you are – that does seem to change. Without warning.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you … [Read more...]

“Create!” / Memorable Fancies #4082

[“Slow goes the drag / of creation,” – Amy King]        Creation was supposed to be quick. Just two words, and everything would begin to be created, and six days later it would be done.        Well, the book said that, without mentioning all the hard work I had to do in those six days, without a break, without a chance to make sure all the parts really worked together the way they should.        … [Read more...]

“Good Old Days” / Memorable Fancies #4081

[“He had studied the nostalgias.” – Wallace Stevens]        He longed for the good old days when nostalgia was still fondly remembered.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Your Story” / Memorable Fancies #4080

[“You believed in your own story, / then climbed inside it.”  – Shu Ting]        – to save it from those who would doubt; and if that’s successful, to live it; and if living it is successful, to teach it, whether or not anyone will believe you – or attend your well-advertised donation-please-only lectures.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

4078 “Rememb/her” / Memorable Fancies #4078

       If I can’t remember her, then there’s nothing to remember.        It’s some comfort, not to remember ... the one I can’t remember.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Comma” / Memorable Fancies #4077

[“Every time I say ‘,’ it refers to you.” – Louise Glück]        I pause, uncertain how to continue with you, how to pick my next few words – words however carefully chosen that will turn out to be exactly the wrong ones, the ones I will smile after saying, the words you will understand – in exactly the wrong way. << below: back cover of See/Saw, a novel available on Amazon >> … [Read more...]

“Beor not Beor” / Memorable Fancies #4074

[“To be without a description of to be” – Wallace Stevens] I was offered Being without being told what Being is, what obligations it entails. But, after a long time notbeing, getting really tired of it, I said OK, what have I got to lose? I found out. … [Read more...]

“Fossils of the Future” / Memorable Fancies #4075

       We found fossils from times to come, creatures somewhat like us, wrecked shapes and distended eyes, ...        There must have been a sudden catastrophe, something that caused these people to be lying there in stone, whole, undisturbed,        Uneaten even by dogs   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Cosmic Kitchen” / Memorable Fancies #4073

[“We might turn out to be a form of life as primitive and common in the cosmos as ants are in a kitchen. If so, we can learn a lot from others out there.” – New Scientist] e.g., Learn which planet to scurry off to when the celestial cook comes at us with Her spray-gun and broom.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Hotel of the Assignations” / Memorable Fancies #4072

       “A wicked weekend,” Karen said, tempting me to make some excuse, invent some business in another city, pack just the right things, and then the other right things, make a reservation at the Hotel of the Assignations, create elaborate scenarios of business meetings that might occur, or could have occurred before ... or after ...        But I said no.        I might have got over her by now if … [Read more...]

“When was that memory?” / Memorable Fancies #4071

[“the random coil of memory” – Norma Cole]        Yes, I believe my memory was of a real event. But when? In what sequence with my other memories? (Memories themselves have no date-stamp, a notable lapse by our Programmer.)        In life, memory is a pile of puzzle-pieces. Putting them together, a picture slowly forms.        With a few pieces always left over.   >> “books Terence Kuch” … [Read more...]

“The Feeling” / Memorable Fancies #4070

[“The spent feeling leaving nothing of itself” – Wallace Stevens]        I try to recall the feeling, but it’s no longer there. Maybe I never had that feeling. But why do I still long for it? Why do I wait, passionately but without hope, for its return?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Final Dwarf” / Memorable Fancies #4069

[“It is all that you are, the final dwarf of you.” – Wallace Stevens] You wanted to be giant And perhaps, for a time, you were. People      Listened Which pleased you, Though you would have preferred      Bowed   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Secret Hymns” / Memorable Fancies #4067

[“… holy temples, / Empty and grandiose, let us make hymns / And sing them in secrecy as lovers do.” – Wallace Stevens] Why are the temples so empty? Are lovers not attracted to the echoes They could make, here Among the pillars, Embracing on the Stern and empty pews?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Anomia” / Memorable Fancies #4065

The names, the nouns, have left us; all of them. We make noises in our throats, now, but no one understands. At first, pronouns were still – barely – possible, but when we began to use pronouns as a way to get around our current problem, – Something – removed these from our minds, too. Adjectives, having nothing to modify, died quickly. We point at ourselves, now, or at others, or at things. We have invented complex gestures. So far, this is permitted, even if we … [Read more...]

“Evasions of ‘as'” / Memorable Fancies #4064

[“As it is, in the intricate evasions of as” – Wallace Stevens] “as if” – that evasive admission of defeat, clawing for an image after the real escaped   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Final Combat” / Memorable Fancies #4063

[“I have finished my combat with the sun; / And my body, the old animal, / Knows nothing more.” – Wallace Stevens] Who won this combat? I should have known Winning was not the point; I claim victory Anyway   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Quantity of Quality” / Memorable Fancies #4062

[“...the unlimited quality of people’s fear of one another” – Roberto Mangabira Unger] … and quantity, too.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Great Reveal” / Memorable Fancies #4061

[“There is disrespect in setting up a dead man’s effigy and then not unveiling it.” – Max Beerbohm]        The statue was set up several years ago in the capital, veiled in dark cloth and surrounded by a sturdy fence. A grand unveiling date was announced, then postponed once, twice, then “indefinitely.”        We citizens tried to guess whom the statue represented: a former president? A hero reported dead in one of our wars but then found alive, too late … [Read more...]

“Formulations of Midnight” / Memorable Fancies #4060

[The poet / Has only the formulations of midnight.” – Wallace Stevens]        Reading his poem over and over that middle night, desperately fixing flaws he finds, counting rhythms, unintended rhymes X’d out, and then there’s fixing that very last line, too much truth in that one, try metaphor – instead. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Limits”/ Memorable Fancies #4059

[“Do not concern yourself with the limits of others; enough if you surmount your own.” - Max Stirner] Their limits might actually be yours. >> below: a play about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Meeting God” / Memorable Fancies #4057

[“meet / a God other than our own.” – Adam Zagajewski]        Unexpectedly, a god appeared before me. Immediately I threw myself to the ground and beat my head into the dirt of the pavement the required three times, hard.        But then, looking up, I realized that it wasn’t my own god at all, but somebody else’s god. I mopped the blood from my forehead and vowed not to be so hasty, next time, to worship.   >> “books … [Read more...]

“The Shapes” / Memorable Fancies #4056

[“Very few noticed them [the gods] / casually taking the shape of one thing or another.” – C. Dale Young]        “Just playing,” he said, shrugging, “trying their powers. Showing off. Don’t be afraid, they’re just kids.”        “Or practicing?” I said, “maybe practicing?”        “For what?” he asked. “For what?”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing … [Read more...]

“Speaking Up” / Memorable Fancies #4055

[“Who among us could have spoken up / against the gods, the gods who continued living / among us?” – C. Dale Young]   Someone could have, I suppose, I mean might have spoken up against those gods, challenged them, refused to step off into the mud when they wafted by us, ignoring our presence, our desperate prayers. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” / Memorable Fancies #4053

[“But love her not too much, too much, / For that is even worse.” – Elinor Wylie]        We knew it was too much, too much, only after too much had already happened.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Nobody Home” / Memorable Fancies #4052

[“As long as you can get away with it, the wishes and concerns of other beings need not deter you from any action, since these wishes and concerns are wholly unreal.” – Jan Westerhoff] But those actions of yours ­– aren’t they’re just as unreal, too?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Who Was Vertsag?” / Memorable Fancies #4050

Who was Vertsag? Who was Vertsag? [“In December 1929 Wittgenstein reported a dream about a man called Vertsag: ‘He opens fire with a machine-gun at a cyclist behind him who writhes with pain and is mercilessly gunned to the ground with several shots. Vertsag has driven past, and now comes to a young, poor-looking girl on a cycle and she too is shot at by Vertsag as he drives on.” - Josef Hoffmann]       We play heroes – or victims – in our own dreams. But the … [Read more...]

“Naming the Dream” / Memorable Fancies 4049

[“America declares these dreams I have every night be re-dreamed and pressed into names.” – Michael Wasson] What will I name that dream I had last night? I’ll call it “love.” Yes, that’s nice. Better than “falling off bridge” “or “eaten by sharks.”        Isn’t it?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Sea of Words” / Memorable Fancies #4048

[“you ‘plunged / into a sea of words     and came up dripping” – Melissa Monroe] Silently you toweled off, leaving fragments of words on the floor. For some other poet to mop. Or eagerly gather.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Reasons and Reasons” / Memorable Fancies #4047

[“...they are reasons and no more than reasons, and one does not feed the heart with reasons.” – Miguel de Unamuno]         If you need reasons, you have already failed.  >> below, a full-length play about an election, available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“Thirst” / Memorable Fancies #4046

[“I felt a violent wonder at her presence / like a thirst for salt” – Robert Hass]        A thirst that makes me even thirstier, every time I taste – her.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Dove Love” / Memorable Fancies #4044

[“In the branches of the laurel tree / I saw two naked doves / One was the other / and both were none” – Federico García Lorca] In bed two naked beings one the other, the other one, four arms four legs and both were one  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Taking the Easy Way Out” / Memorable Fancies #4043

[“Our possibilities of happiness are limited by our very constitution. It is much less difficult to be unhappy.” – Freud] How does that make you feel? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Search” / Memorable Fancies #4041

[“There was the usual searching investigation that precedes forgetfulness.” ­– Charles Fort]        You can forget only what you’ve learned. Think carefully, then, before you investigate.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Your feet are all in your mind” / Memorable Fancies #4040

[“a physical object is ... a collection of appearances that emerge, alter, and disappear according to distance, point of view, light, and so on.” – Gary Cox] Maybe that’s why I trip over the furniture so often.   >> below: a comedy about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Composition of objects involving presidential election in USA … [Read more...]

“Turning Off the Knobs” / Memorable Fancies #4037

[“I’ll wear out time until I’m tired of time, and then I’ll just turn off the knobs I move by.” – David R. Bunch]        What I forgot to add was, “...and die.” So I’m still alive but unmoving now, eyes fixed ahead, blurred images of people coming and going, now a gurney rolling in the door and coming toward me, its merciless intern smiling … [Read more...]

“The Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #4036

[“I could probably say that I’m free of the mirror now.” – Richard Diebenkorn]        After a few lessons, exhausting and tearful as they were, I can now look in a mirror without being sucked into its pretense of being more than image, of being me.         There remains the problem, however, that I now have some stupid three-dimensional phantasy that I know is just illusion, a conspiracy of the real two, putting me on.   … [Read more...]

“What Happened?” / Memorable Fancies #4035

[“You came back to the world and there was nothing there” – Joseph Lease]        What happened to the world? It was here when I left, I’m sure of it.        Only the words now remain, all the world’s words filling space in an endless number of tongues ... trying to explain ... explain ...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The New Symphony” / Memorable Fancies #4034

       The new symphony would have made sense to audiences and critics only later, retrospectively, when it was performed again.        But there never was a second performance, because no one had understood the first.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Move Along” / Memorable Fancies #4033

[“The vivid transparence that you bring is peace.” – Wallace Stevens]        I can see right through you. You are transparent to me, so transparent I can’t see you at all, only a slight blur of what you’re standing in front of.        There is nothing more to know, now, about you. Finally, peace.        Nothing to see here. Move along, move along.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“Night and Waking” / Memorable Fancies #4032

 [“the true god, the god of sleep” – Jean Baudrillard] ... whispers to you in the night, those prophetic words the god of waking would blush even to imagine. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“All the Colors” / Memorable Fancies #4031

[“the consolation of a color” – W.S. Di Piero] Blue ribbon? how did that get to be the number one color?        Red? Too bold, something awarded to someone with nothing else to recommend him, someone forever to be called “second best,” then forgotten.        For me, I am not satisfied with any ribbon’s color. I am above all that. I do not want a mention, honorable or not.        I know, … [Read more...]

“Sentenced” / Memorable Fancies #4030

       She went on and on and, finally silent, looked at me angrily, expecting an answer.        "Were there any commas in that?" I asked.        We paused, then never spoke again.  >> below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Baseball and mitt on rustic wooden background … [Read more...]

“Centers” / Memorable Fancies #4028

[“Walmart will use robots to turn stores into automated fulfillment centers” – Flipboard]        Are you fulfilled? No, and I don’t think the robots will be, either. Especially their centers.        Or yours.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“As a God” / Memorable Fancies #4027

[“Not as a god, but as a god might be” – Wallace Stevens]        Not tame, not kind, not smiling and perched on a cloud, but a power of vengeance to its enemies, and to us as well, to this very day and forever.        Not ... forgiving ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Time-Travel Romance Novels / Memorable Fancies #4025

[“A time-travel romance novel” – from an ad on the Web] 1. I went into the past, when she still loved me. 2. I went into the future, when I’d finally forgotten her. 3. I saw a cute little girl, went into a future where she’d finally turned 18. But now I was 37. 4. We were of awkwardly different ages, decided that one of us should travel to a time when we were the same age. But, in confusion, we both did. Now the age difference is the same, but backwards. 5. “I know why I've waited … [Read more...]

“The BEINGs” / Memorable Fancies #4023

       The BEINGs arrived on our planet last month. A friendly visit? We don’t know.        Politely, now, they stay out of sight, understanding that we’re terrified of them, even though they have only friendly intentions. They said.        They appear to us when we close our eyes.        Every time we close our eyes.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“A Silent God” / Memorable Fancies #4022

[“What is divinity if it can come / Only in silent shadows and in dreams? – Wallace Stevens] Better than the real god, demanding, as unsatisfied with how our lives have gone as we are.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Unlikely” / Memorable Fancies #4021

[“I know things that make me unlikely.” - Emily Skaja]        Back in the year zero, it was quite unlikely that you would eventually exist. The odds of there ever being a ‘you’ were vanishingly small.        But it happened. And it happened to everyone.        You suspect a trick. Perhaps you’re dreaming – because there must be a dreamer. And you hear a hollow laugh, and a voice saying, “Yes there is a dreamer – but it’s not … [Read more...]

“The Insider” / Memorable Fancies #4020

[“You believed in your own story, / then climbed inside it” – Shu Ting] Now you can’t get out, even as others scoff.   >> below: a short play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << … [Read more...]

“The Secret Words” / Memorable Fancies #4018

[“Now, solemnize the secretive syllables.” – Wallace Stevens]        After I endured the trials, the temptations, the forest-fasting that lasted until I was desperately eating weeds and dirt – after I endured these things I qualified: I was taught the magic, the secret words that force angels from the sky down to earth, to do my bidding.        But angels have a limited repertoire; they cannot do what I wanted them to do, only … [Read more...]

“City of Snow” / Memorable Fancies #4017

[“Can all men, together, avenge / One of the leaves that have fallen in autumn? / But the wise man avenges by building his city in snow.” – Wallace Stevens]        Under the snow the autumn leaves lie still, desperately plotting, not knowing they cannot, again, be the green leaves of spring. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Remember, Remember” / Memorable Fancies #4016

[“Und wie wird er in Zukunft wieder wissen, wie erinnern tut?” - Ludwig Wittgenstein] [“And how will he know, again next time, how remembering works?”*] “I want to remember, right now, what’s happening now!” “No, you can’t; you can remember only in the future.” Impatiently, I wait. [* My translation – the ‘official’ translation is impossible.]  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A No-Brainer” / Memorable Fancies #4015

[“Strange coincidence, that every man whose skull has been opened had a brain!” – Ludwig Wittgenstein] Most people have not had their skulls opened. Is this because they have no brain and such a procedure would therefore be futile?        Or was – something – collecting brains and ignored those having none? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Reveal” / Memorable Fancies #4013

[“There was a fear that I would tell the story in a way that might / unnecessarily tell someone about himself.” –– Emily Skaja]        If you feel you must, you may tell others about my sins, inadequacies, unadmitted failures.        But don’t tell me!   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Being Agreeable” / Memorable Fancies #4012

[“It is bad taste to want to agree with many.” – Nietzsche]        Just as you’ve talked yourself into agreeing with everyone around you, their opinions change and your carefully copied ideas are now ignored.        Or laughed at.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Statuesque” / Memorable Fancies #4011

[“Statues come to life only in a world where the living are always themselves on the verge of turning into statues.” – Kenneth Gross]        I felt a tinge of stillness, just now, rigidity, a halt to the constant grinding of my internal organs, their everlasting passacaglia. Stone is coming, the statue phase of my life. No more worries about where my next meal is coming from; not ever, now.        Only an alarm of … [Read more...]

“The Monsters” / Memorable Fancies #4010

       Film-makers are expert in putting us off the scent. The real monsters aren’t in our cellars, where we could just block the door at night.        Instead, look up: they’re in the bedroom. Where we wait for each other, to acknowledge the monsters.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Strike the Sky” / Memorable Fancies #4009

[“the sky goes out / if you should fail” – William Carlos Williams] You watched the sky fall, edges first then dome like a circus tent, season over, time to winter where it’s warm. But the Owner promised no new sky, no new show, thanking us now for our labor, though customers were few. Yes, we were dedicated  to this, our temporary sky.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Challenging the Gods” / Memorable Fancies #4008

[“When people challenge a god, the gods curse them / with the label of madness. It is all very convenient.” – C. Dale Young]        But sometimes, the gods curse people without having been challenged, “just because,” or perhaps for practice. This makes the diagnosis of madness more difficult for us, requires us to raise our fees, invent long technical terms to justify our putting these people away.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a … [Read more...]

“Time for Love” / Memorable Fancies #4007

       “Well,” I said to her, “before this gets serious, let’s go into the future and see how we’ll be doing in ten years, if we keep this up.”        And so we did.        It wasn’t pretty.        But now we can’t get back.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Answer” / Memorable Fancies #4006

[“I pray that nobody / ever hears us” – Michael Wasson]        Their prayer was answered. Now no one hears them, no matter how loud they shout, how they wave their arms and point toward their open mouths.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“What Poems Do” / Memorable Fancies #4005

[“We must enslave the natives with our poems” – Ryuichi Tamura]        Our poems are about the nobility of labor, the honor of serving, and, as circumstances require from time to time, the great honor of dying in their masters’ wars.        “Gave their lives” we say, not “We took their lives.”   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #4004

       Today I looked at my face in the mirror and saw a stranger. Yeah, lots of people see that, write wrenching poems about it, appalled prose.        Worried, they are. Some smash their mirrors, at least fictionally.        Not me. I smile broadly at my stranger.        What a relief !   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“The Gorge” / Memorable Fancies #4003

["Some of us are made to be carrion birds & some of us are made to be circled.” - Emily Skaja] The birds are circling your body, waiting to make sure it’s really dead and can’t rise up and attack them. Your spirit is watching this scene from above. Your spirit is now one of those birds, those vultures.        Your raucous cries tell the others that it is safe, now, to gorge.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“A Hundred Me’s” / Memorable Fancies #4002

       The remains of the mirror lie on the floor: a hundred mirrors – a hundred ‘me’s, their visions ­– shattered. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Lurk” / Memorable Fancies #4001

       We have a fear, both inborn and also fed by dozens of horror movies, of what might be lurking underground, even in the basements of our own homes.        We imagine bloody crimes that might have been committed there, years ago.        Or more recently.        So recently it might be in the future.        A near future. Ours. … [Read more...]

“I’m Confessin’ ” / Memorable Fancies #3685

[“Examine even unto your dreams, to know if, once awakened, you did not give them your consent.” – Michel Foucault, quoting a confessional manual]        “Forgive me, Father, I have sinned in my dreams, done wicked things in my dreams, with my body and with other people’s bodies too.        “Did I consent to these dreams? Now how could I ... ?        “Well, perhaps, yes, Father, I suppose my … [Read more...]

“Flea-Religion” / Memorable Fancies #3684

[“If fleas developed a rite, it would be based on the dog.” – Wittgenstein]        One uncommonly bright flea discovered that the object of their worship, the dog, had its own religion, worshipping its master.        Should we then, the flea asked, worship master directly, not second-hand via the family dog?        But this suggestion was rejected by the congregation of fleas, who called the proposal “Protestant,” and banished … [Read more...]

Alone in the Hall – II / Memorable Fancies #3683

[“I was alone in the hall with only the walls watching to see my face.” – Anna Kavan]        I worry too much! But why would they keep me waiting so long here in the station if not to observe me? There must be people behind those walls. I’m thinking One takes a break, says “Hey, Two, your turn.” and Two says, “See anything yet?” and One says, “She’s starting to twitch,” and Two says, “Not much longer, then, is it?” And One says, “Nope; I might even be home for dinner!”   >> “books … [Read more...]

Where – ? / Memorable Fancies #3682

[“Where do the multitude of Gods dwell?” – Cicero]        We looked here and there: in the clouds, in the earth we thumped hoping to hear a returning sound, or feel a soft shaking; but there was no response. And when the earthen gods did consent to shake and topple the temples of the sky gods, it was not at our bidding nor at the place where we sacrifice our bleating lambs to them.        Truly, the ways of the gods are beyond us … [Read more...]

“The Haunting” / Memorable Fancies #3681

[“I now suspect that there is a ghost-world – but that it is our existence – that when spirits die they become human beings.” – Charles Fort]        Then who are we to haunt?        Each other.        As we’ve been doing all along. … [Read more...]

“The Self and Its Mirror” / Memorable Fancies #3680

[“The self is an illusion without anyone’s having the illusion.” – Jan Westerhoff]        The magician’s trick has made us persons – or at least characters in our own fiction, not knowing if we’re its heroes or how it will end.        It’s smoke and mirrors, all the way down. >> "books Terence Kuch" on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Annoyed” / Memorable Fancies #3579

[“I am annoyed not to have any hint of the nearby room in which a crime is committed or in which people make love.” – Andre Gide]        In the absence of fact and observation, I make up any story I like. These become my own facts and observations, my own hints, my crimes, my adventures – not having anything in my own life to substitute for them.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Being Impartial” / Memorable Fancies #3578

[“My impartiality is all the easier to me since I know very little about these things.” – Freud]        I’ve tried to retain my ignorance, here, so I can be objective. Don’t confuse me with the facts.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

‘Me’ vs “Who?’ / Memorable Fancies #3577

[“ this difficulty in attaining any certainty about others’ existence” – Michel Foucault]        Yes, I suppose those others do exist – after a fashion – but it’s not the same kind of existence I have, because I’m ‘me,’ and they’re not.        ‘Me’ is not some extraneous aspect of my life, it IS my life. No one else is a ‘me’ for me. That’s why I’m certain only about me.        Those others? Well, … [Read more...]

“Nameless Wonder” / Memorable Fancies #3576

[“See everything with novelty.” – Andre Gide]        Look with wonder. Pretend you don’t know the thing’s name, that name other people have called it, the name that deadens it, the name that withdraws us from the things themselves, and then from other selves, and then from our own – selves.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Skywatch” / Memorable Fancies #3574

[“The children looked at the sky: it was not forbidden.” – Carlos Drummond de Andrade]        Some of us wanted to forbid the children from looking into the sky because they might want to go there one day, into space, to explore.        But that was long ago and we no longer explore. Not after that awful day, when ... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

A Stranger’s Name / Memorable Fancies #3573

[“Because I did not know his name, he seemed only half real, and a stranger to me.” – Lydia Davis]        If I tell you my name, he said, that would make you and me – an ‘us.’ I am not ready for ‘us.’        Not with you, anyway.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Third Reason” / Memorable Fancies #3572

[“The third reason [why people believe in the gods]: men’s minds are terrified by lightning, storms, etc. Through their terror of these, men have suspected the existence of some divine celestial force.” – Cicero]        The hard lesson here is that the gods are terrifying, unpredictable, deadly. God is not your friend.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Something Is True” / Memorable Fancies #3571

[“etwas sind wahr” – Paul Celan]        What was it? Not my fervent hopes and probably not yours, either.        But at least we were, for a while anyway, an “is.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Adversity” / Memorable Fancies #3570

[“The adversity of the world is its inaccessibility to consciousness, its brute givenness, its absolute alterity.” – Judith Butler ( paraphrasing Sartre)]        But if it were not so, if the world were my conscious creation, I suspect its adversity would be even more adverse, brutal.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“On the New Planet” / Memorable Fancies #3568

       On the new planet, our explorers find intelligent beings who strongly resemble chickens. They approach our explorers, peck at them, force them into coops, wait for the eggs. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

Joe’s Crematorium

Our friendly motto: "BURN BEFORE YOU BURN" … [Read more...]

“Far Enough From Home” / Memorable Fancies #3567

[“At Thebes, the earth swallowed him.” (said of Amphiarous)]         This famous place of intrigue and murder, this place comfortably far enough from Athens that the those Athenians can site their own intrigues and murders here among us, in Thebes, safely away from their own dangerous home. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“That Way” / Memorable Fancies #3566

[“hapless behind the dreams of accuracy” – James Joyce]        I want to make sure I’ve got everything exactly right now, that I understand exactly what happened between us. Details, explications, analyses.        But you say it was never that way, there was no exactness. It was never any way; what happened was never just one thing; it was many things. Too many things.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will … [Read more...]

Tonight

8:20pm Thursday. A wall is going up around the Capitol. Trump is getting what he wanted, his wall, at last. A wall to save America Just as he said his wall would. … [Read more...]

“God Who?” / Memorable Fancies #3565

[“God doesn’t exist (but there is a God who doesn’t exist)” – Slavoj Žižek]        God has more important things to do than exist – existence is the booby prize.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Under the gun and over the rainbow” / Memorable Fancies #3564

[“In cooler moments I wonder at the extravagance of our feelings.” – Anaïs Nin]        And in moments of passion and stress, I wonder how we could want to feel anything less.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Laws” / Memorable Fancies #3563

[“All attempts to enact rational laws about property have put out from the bay of love into the desolate sea of regulations.” – Max Stirner] – or laws about anything else. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“My Machine” / Memorable Fancies #3561

[“the machine that reads us all the time” – Slavoj Žižek] I programmed my machine to read the newspaper, because I didn’t have time to. And then I programmed it to read me, because I didn’t have time to reflect or consider.        And then I programmed it to ... but no, it had programmed me. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Tell a Joke!” / Memorable Fancies #3562

 [“For the love of God, tell a joke!” – Joss Whedon]        I told a joke, but God didn’t think it was funny, said he didn’t love it.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Saying Everything at Once” / Memorable Fancies #3559

[“The crowd of thoughts that cannot come out, because they all want to rush forward and thus get stuck in the exit.” – Wittgenstein]        I took a course on “How to Say Everything at Once.” The sessions left the class somewhat confused, until we took the second course, titled “How to Hear Everything at Once.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Fun House” / Memorable Fancies #3558

[“a wilderness of mirrors” – T.S. Eliot]        In the fun house of mirrors we see strange, grotesque versions of ourselves, dozens of different me’s, some short, some tall, some sticking their tongues out, some complaining that they should be as real as we are, that we are their own distorted reflections, their jesters.        The more threatening mirrors, when discovered, are taken out of service and smashed.        But each … [Read more...]

“What To Do?” / Memorable Fancies #3557

[“the truest oracles were the doves and the responses from the oak.”– Pausanias, c. AD/CE 160]        We did have to pay professionals to tell us what the doves and oaks were saying, but that was a small price to pay for the wisdom they imparted.        Without these professionals, we’d have had to figure out, ourselves, what to do. There would have been disagreements – or worse.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or … [Read more...]

“Happiness” / Memorable Fancies #3556

[“It is much less difficult to be unhappy.” – Freud]        Freud unhappily confided this wisdom to his patients, who were relieved that they could remain happily unhappy, and just stop worrying.   >> below: a comedy about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Baseball and mitt on rustic wooden background … [Read more...]

“The Float” / Memorable Fancies #3555

[“Ad exec Earl Edwards penned the slogan ‘Sleeping on a Sealy is like sleeping on a cloud.’ And with that, Sealy mattresses became a national phenomenon.” – Google]        That may be why sometimes, when I wake up in the middle of the night, I’m floating above my bed. Not much; just an inch or two. Embarrassed, I sink back down onto the mattress.        I don’t want anyone to know I do this odd thing; what … [Read more...]

“Blamers” / Memorable Fancies #3554

[“The common element in ... blame is the notion that wrongdoers deserve the negative emotions, attitudes, and behavioral responses that constitute blame.” – Erin I. Kelly]        Why can’t blame be simple and objective, without all those emotions and attitudes and pointing fingers that just make my accepting their blame that much harder?        I blame those people for what they’re doing to me.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on … [Read more...]

“Death to the Loyal” / Memorable Fancies #3553

       In our kingdom, loyalty is rewarded. In fact, strong expressions of loyalty are expected – required. The insufficiently loyal are subject to disfavor, disgrace, imprisonment.        The trick, however, is not to be too loyal. Above a certain unspecified level, the king becomes suspicious.        Executions follow.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly … [Read more...]

“”The Me and the Asylum” / Memorable Fancies #3552

[“Not just anyone who wants to can go crazy.” – Jacques Lacan]        I applied to the Asylum, having heard that they were running short of patients and were offering bonuses to get people to sign up, to be admitted, to be treated as cases rather than people.        They called me in for an interview, warned me how rigorous the treatment protocol would be, how my Self would be disassembled and put together in a way I might not … [Read more...]

“Parents and Children” / Memorable Fancies #3551

[“Then the parents ordered them to wait until evening. when the parents would return. Then it was midnight and there would never again be parents.” – Kathy Acker]        There was only a small house in the woods, and a nice old lady who said she’d be happy to “take in” (as she put it) small children.        Then it was midnight and there would never again be children.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead … [Read more...]

Begends / Memorable Fancies #3550

[“The world is a story that keeps beginning.” – Li-Young Lee]        We avidly begin once more, hoping this time to reach the end, but we only end by beginning once again.        We avidly ... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Looking for…” / Memorable Fancies #3549

[“now you're just a stranger's dream” – Chromatics]        He looks for the one he dreamed        And finds her –        A different stranger’s dream >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Signs of Drama” / Memorable Fancies #3548

[“When the wicked one takes the stage, a sign: ‘Boo.’ When the hero does: ‘Applaud’.” – Albert Camus]        The producers learned to display these signs after a few wicked audiences completely misunderstood.   >> below: a play available from the publisher, stageplays.com << Composition of objects involving presidential election in USA … [Read more...]

“The Loser” / Memorable Fancies #3547

[“Sexuality is the only finite game in which the winner’s prize is the loser.” – James P.  Carse]        I didn’t think of her as “the loser” after I talked her into bed that time.        But she did.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Our Shadows” / Memorable Fancies #3546

       Our shadows are our real selves; we are the shadows of our shadows.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Multiselves” Memorable Fancies #3545

[“Maybe I can love you with many selves.” – Nabila Lovelace]        Yes, I have many selves; one for each of your tempers, your absences, your attitudes, your excuses, ...   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Touch of the Sculptor” / Memorable Fancies #3544

[“on this high place sometimes touching with our fingers his touch upon the stones” – George Seferis]        Here is the touch of the sculptor from so many centuries ago: where he rested his iron tools, where he stood and looked up with pleasure at what he’d made, perhaps noticed a few flaws, thought he ought to fix them – but too late.        Besides, it was the Archon’s nose that tilted that way, not his own clumsy hands.   … [Read more...]

“For Sure” / Memorable Fancies #3543

[“Vagueness might be an intrinsic property of how the universe works.” – New Scientist]        I guess so. More or less. Sounds OK. Whatever.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Organ Music” / Memorable Fancies #3542

[“With Baudelaire, physiology entered into poetry; with Nietzsche, into philosophy. By them, the troubles of the organs were raised to song, to concept.” – E.M. Cioran]        What prelude are my organs playing? What fugue yet to come?   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Daring to Love” / Memorable Fancies #3541

[“to love more quickly than the other, to love before you are loved. For if no one shoots first any longer today, no one dares love first either.” – Jean Baudrillard]        I love only in self-defense. It’s the perfect excuse.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Up Ahead” / Memorable Fancies #3540

[“up ahead, in shadow, the past waits.” – John Ashbery]        I was peering behind me, intently, to see if my dark past was still following me, or if I'd finally lost it.        So intently was I staring back that I didn’t see, ahead, my dark future.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“I Made the World” / Memorable Fancies #3537

[“Spacetime is a data structure that we create to track and capture fitness payoffs. Physical objects are not antique stage props; they too are data structures of our making.” – Donald Hoffman]        Well, look what I made! It’s a pretty world now, even though I couldn’t figure out how just to stop everything when it was perfect, so now it’s all going to shit.        Next time I make a world I won’t be so ambitious. Those … [Read more...]

“The Problem of Being God” / Memorable Fancies #3536

[“The human being of today is not happy with all his likeness to a god.” – Freud]        I command, but nothing happens. I beseech the skies, but no one is healed. I weep, but no one mourns. I tell the others I have a revelation, but they say I just copied it out of some old book. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Promise of Plastic” / Memorable Fancies #3535

       The cemeteries in our suburb allow plastic flowers only. Nothing placed on a grave can be allowed to fade, wilt, rot. Nothing in the ground beneath these plastic flowers can rot, either, or the promise of plastic would not be fulfilled.        There are stirrings below, those artificial things that were real for us. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Memory Games” / Memorable Fancies #3534

       My memories were competing with each other to decide which were real and which were only wannabe neverdids.        Anyway, that was the game’s worthy goal, at least at first.        But then the cheating began, the low blows, the spurious claims of innocence ...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“The Explanation” / Memorable Fancies #3533

[“The true explanation of an event ... never comes at the time of its occurrence.” – Lionel Trilling]         So how will we know that we have, finally, the true explanation, not just another tale we tell ourselves? When we stop telling those tales ... perhaps. When we let others tell us our tales ... perhaps. ... When everyone is silent and no one tells those tales ... yes!  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind … [Read more...]

“Our Myths” / Memorable Fancies #3255

[“a book of myths in which our names do not appear” – Adrienne Rich]        We scan the book quickly, fearing that myths whispered about us will make us the monsters, not their gallant foes, that we might be portrayed as those who run away before phantoms.        But no, none of that. We do not run before phantoms only because we are not in that book, nor any others.        We do not find even blank pages where we could – … [Read more...]

“The Cave” / Memorable Fancies #3385

[“The cave downstairs ... And what hangs out there” – Denise Levertov]        And what might still lurk there        Not yet aware it is in a cave.        Not yet aware there is an upstairs        Where good things to eat hang out        Speaking, uncomfortably and quietly,        About the shadows in … [Read more...]

“The Songs” / Memorable Fancies #3532

[“nouns are sung from the trees” – Sidney Wade] and verbs, from the wind. … [Read more...]

“America Dreaming” / Memorable Fancies #3531

[“America declares these dreams I have every night re-dreamed and pressed into names.” – Michael Wasson]        These people I see in dreams, they must have names even if I don’t know what they are, even if they don’t know their own names and can’t tell me, or know their names and won’t.       The authorities question me about them. The questioning is tense and intense. As in the Middle Ages, these torturers display to me their tools … [Read more...]

“Survival” / Memorable Fancies #3530

       “Yes,” he said, “I understand, sir, your wish to endure after death. Your body, that is. As you said, your body is a really important part of you; you’re very fond of him and you want him to carry on even if your brain is no longer functional, even if your soul (do you believe in a soul, sir? If so, I have a special offer for ... no? ah, well.)        “Where was I? Oh, yes. With our process, your body should survive, in a very relaxed state, of course – a … [Read more...]

“Snow Job” / Memorable Fancies #3529

[“the first time love fell in me like snow.” – Rebecca Lindenberg]        And I gathered the snow to my heart, not realizing, that first time, how cold it could be.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“We need a word” / Memorable Fancies #3528

[“We need a word to designate this object, this tool: but do we need a word to refer to this on Mondays, on Tuesday, etc.?” – Wittgenstein]        We buy a tool on Monday. Monday the tool is very sharp, and we have a special word to describe what it can cut. By Tuesday it’s been used a few hours; it can cut only material softer than it could on Monday. So we have a special word to describe what it can now cut on that day, the name it now is. And so on Wednesday, … [Read more...]

“Boo!” / Memorable Fancies #3946

       It wasn’t even a nickname, “Boo!,” just something said to a baby, hoping to get a response, maybe a giggle. – Something we say to babies.        One of the wise men – one of the wise men looked down into His strawbed crib and called out to Him, softly, “Boo!”        Just a gentle tease, you know, something we say to babies.        But retaliation was swift and … [Read more...]

“The Third Thing” / Memorable Fancies #3527

[“Against all the evidence of his senses, a man who is in love declares that ‘I’ and ‘you’ are one, and is prepared to behave as if it were a fact.” – Sigmund Freud]        There was, between us, something that made of us two, not one as I fondly hoped, but a third thing – separating – us. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Names Anonymous” / Memorable Fancies #3526

[“Being named or seeing oneself given one’s proper name is something like being invaded by sadness, by sadness itself.” – Walter Benjamin]      I have a name; many names. Handles, the others think, by which they can lift and move me, like a pan onto the stove. But all these names, I refuse.        No name names me – even the names I tell myself I am. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“A Hollow Mind” / Memorable Fancies #3525

[“… knowledge shared by Dionysus and Apollo at Delphi, whose premise is that the mind is a hollow space constantly invaded by gods and voices.” – Roberto Calasso]        The gods keep telling me what to do. I guess I don’t mind that – they’re gods, y’know.        But it’s their tone of voice, their insistence, their threats, that I find so annoying.        But mostly, their refusal to let me, too, be a god.  >> “books … [Read more...]

“Dream-Girl” / Memorable Fancies #3523

[“All the things that one thinks of exist, whatever they are.” – Metrodorus of Chios]        I formed an image of her, my dream-girl.        I imagined her voice, so surprisingly real;        her body, the movements it makes;        what she would do when I asked, even just hinted,        as I made my own movements to guide … [Read more...]

“Try Again” / Memorable Fancies #3521

[“One can do nothing that one does not.” – Max Stirner, 1844] [“Do or do not; there is no try” – Yoda, 1977]        If at first you don't succeed, there are many courses of action. Most of us have tried several of them; “didn’t want to do that any anyway” is especially popular. … [Read more...]

“the tribe, our only god” / Memorable Fancies #3520

[“…la tribu, notre seul dieu, nous tient tous embrassés.” – Henri Michaux]        The tribe is our only god. Whatever our tribe commands, we do unquestioningly, even to the loss of our lives. The tribe, after all, is what ties us together, while each of us is only one alone. How could one presume to seek his own counsel against the tribe’s embrace? We bow, we do.        But one asked, “Who speaks for the tribe? Is he not a tyrant? Does he not command in his … [Read more...]

“One World” / Memorable Fancies #3519

[“The waking have one common world, but the sleeping turn aside each into a world of his own.” – Heraclitus]        We do not have one common world – that’s just a dream common to those who sleep.  >> ‘books Terence Kuch’ on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind << … [Read more...]

“Seeing My Hands” / Memorable Fancies #3518

[“strangled by unseen hands.” - “What Your Dreams Mean” by Herbert Hespro, early 20th Century]        Since they were around my neck and squeezing hard, no wonder I couldn’t see them. … [Read more...]

“This New Information” / Memorable Fancies #3517

[“Information fatigue syndrome is a psychic illness caused by excessive information.” – Byung-Chul Han]        I have now diagnosed your condition. Unfortunately, this new information will just worsen it. SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES … [Read more...]

“Names in the Dark” / Memorable Fancies #3516

[“Watching the sun go down I ask you your name.” – Brian Patten]        In the dark you have a different name: more subtle than your dayname, more adventurous, perhaps more dangerous.        I shiver when you speak it.  >> “below: back cover from the novel See/Saw, available on Amazon. << … [Read more...]

“True Forgetting” / Memorable Fancies #3515

[“attempting to make our momentary forgetting true and lasting forgetting?” – James P.  Carse]        How do you forget forever? How do you keep the past from leaping on you out of the dark, carnivorous and hungry? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Likeness” / Memorable Fancies #3513

[“The world loves the flattery that all likeness intends.” – William H. Gass]     But there are many ways to be “like” – there are no two things of which you can say they’re completely unlike – because both are things, they have at least that – thingness, that ‘like’ness – in common. What is it like to be like a bat? in the famous question – the answer, ultimately, is – like every being, like every thing. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to … [Read more...]

“Touch My Body” / Memorable Fancies #3514

[you can’t touch my body now. It has changed once, it has hardened – Louise Glück]         It is not the same body you touched before.        That one is gone.        That one did not behave itself. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“You’s” / Memorable Fancies #3512

[“You shows up where somebody makes you’s.” – Stacy Doris]        So then I went to the You-factory, and said “I am a Me, and I want to buy a You to live with me and be my love.”        But the factory man said, “You are not an “I,” much less a “Me.” You were made here – don’t you remember? – to be a You for some I who’s real. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Do the Zombie” / Memorable Fancies #3511

[“If dead people walked outside our windows we would be no more excited.” – Lydia Davis] ... than if dead people walked inside our windows. If that were to happen, we would really be excited – but not for long. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

Criticism / Memorable Fancies #3510

[“People say I am way too sensitive to criticism.” – Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        So I took that to heart, and now when they criticize me, instead of blustering and arguing, I just laugh in their faces and criticize them back.        Now I never hear them criticize me anymore. It is working.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more … [Read more...]

“Secret Bodies” / Memorable Fancies #3509

[“It is possible for there to be a conscious creature that ... spends its entire life unaware that it has a body.” – Gary Cox]        And what parts of you am I – unaware of?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Muttering Like Clocks” / Memorable Fancies #3508

[“all the inner organs curled together in the dark and muttering like clocks” – Allison Cobb]        Counting out your time, second by second, and the alarm is set for...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Heads Fall” / Memorable Fancies #3507

[“Heads fall where an idea prevails; it can prevail only at the expense of other ideas and of the heads which conceived or defended them.” – E.M. Cioran]        Better that persons prevail, than an idea. We can, after all, cut heads off. But an idea, once it’s out in the world, available to all – how could we control that?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

” People Say” / Memorable Fancies #3506

[“People say that I am paranoid” from Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        I don’t trust people who say that. What do they want from me? Why are they accusing me? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Small People” / Memorable Fancies #3505

[“To dream that you are an imp” – “What Your Dreams Mean” by Herbert Hespro, early 20th Century] I dreamed I was an imp. I don’t know what that means: important, impressive, ...  – but other people have different opinions of me. Small people. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Law” / Memorable Fancies #3504

 [“To give the law to oneself is the highest freedom.” – Heidegger]        I wrote a set of laws for myself, both criminal and civil. Stringent, as if preparing for some great event. There is an appeals process, and a way to be pardoned – a way to have the offense expunged – even from my mind. That’s the highest freedom.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Silent Killers” / Memorable Fancies #3503

[“Of all the silent killers / none is weaker than my smile” – David Feinstein]        Actually, I had tried several times to kill with my smile, my words “that’s really all right; please don’t worry about it,” that sent people into worrying fits that sometimes proved fatal.        But nobody accused me. I smile.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Law” / Memorable Fancies #3504

[“To give the law to oneself is the highest freedom.” - Heidegger] I wrote a set of laws for myself, both criminal and civil. Stringent, as if preparing for some great event. There is an appeals process, and a way to be pardoned – a way to have the offense expunged – even from my mind. That’s the highest freedom.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Silent Killers” / Memorable Fancies #3503

[“Of all the silent killers / none is weaker than my smile” – David Feinstein]        Actually, I had tried several times to kill with my smile, my words “that’s really all right; please don’t worry about it,” that sent people into worrying fits that sometimes proved fatal.        But nobody accused me. I smile.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Being My Self” / Memorable Fancies #3501

[“I feel like I become a different person when I get angry, as if I am not really myself.” – Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        Actually, when I’m calm – that’s when I’m not really myself. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Acts and Actors” / Memorable Fancies #3500

[“Taking some action, telling yourself you are doing it as a sort of echo; recounting this exploit to others, a third level, three voices telling a story.” – Michel Foucault (paraphrased)]        You do something, meanwhile telling yourself you’re doing it, and then remembering afterward that you did it, and then telling your friends that you did it...        Your various selves tell various truths about this.    … [Read more...]

“She Said” / Memorable Fancies #3490

[“until / the end of time (which is now)” – William Carlos Williams] wait for it she said wait for it she said too late it’s gone she said she said >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Desperate Toys” / Memorable Fancies #3489

[“The desperate toys / of children” – William Carlos Williams] Bang bang you’re dead Why aren’t you dropping to the ground And bleeding Why aren’t you rolling around and grabbing your belly and breathing hard And bleeding And shaking a fist at me and pointing at me And bleeding And shouting “He did it !” “That one did it!” And bleeding  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

The Wrapt Machines / Memorable Fancies #3488

[“that agony / within where the wrapt machines / are praying” – William Carlos Williams] [“But could a machine think? – Could it be in pain? – Wittgenstein] I know what it is to be in pain. I don’t, quite, know what it is for someone else to be in pain, machine or not.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Mind Dances” / Memorable Fancies #3487

[“the mind dances with itself” - William Carlos Williams] What step shall we do tonight? Waltz ? Foxtrot ? One-step ? Two-step ? Rumba Samba ? ? What shall I call my partner, My self’s mind ? Right and Left, I’ll call them, the Hemisphere Brothers – will be right back after its brief message, its desperate dance … [Read more...]

“Life Sentence” / Memorable Fancies #3484

[“Old friend, here I have brought you / The young soul you long asked of me.” - William Carlos Williams] Take it, quick! Shove it into your breast before your old soul, your old self, knows what’s happening to it ... to you.      You will live longer now.      Too bad about those dreams. … [Read more...]

“Ugly Butterflies” / Memorable Fancies #3483

[“Suppose someone were to say: ‘Imagine this butterfly exactly as it is, but ugly instead of beautiful.’” – Wittgenstein]        You could actually do that. Concentrate on its colorful wings, its eyes, its form, its flight – then imagine it – just the same, but – dead  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Names” / Memorable Fancies #3482

       There are gods we no longer have names for, whose names are banished from our minds, the gods who caused this – horror – to come upon us.        When we need to pray, we scream.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Pray to the Mask” / Memorable Fancies #3481

[“We want to take nothing more to heart, we want to pray to the mask” – Nietzsche]        The mask does not change. It does not bless us with sun one day, ruin us with wind and hail the next, as other gods do.        Often, it does not give us enough to eat, but it does not demand the sacrifice of our grain and cattle and firstborn, so we reluctantly praise it.        What is behind the mask of … [Read more...]

“The Rock-Being” / Memorable Fancies #3480

[“A man was struck by a rock he had looked at too long. The rock had not moved. All the local people can bear witness to it.” – Henri Michaux]        They put the rock in the local museum. Then it was in every gallery. It hadn’t moved. Museum-goers were warned. Some wore helmets.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“My Souvenir” / Memorable Fancies #3479

[“le souvenir d'un temps deux fois vécu” (“the memory of a twice-lived fragment of time”) – Chris Marker]        Twice lived, once remembered. Will I live it a third time? A second time remember? ... I wait,...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

A World / Memorable Fancies #3478

[A world I think I recognize, and never saw.” – John Koethe] Yes, I will know it again, just there on the horizon – a sea seen many times, but then flat as a map, a sentence flat on the page, but now ! – bright-curling its words around itself.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“(H)Armless” / Memorable Fancies #3459

       In our kingdom, statues are made without arms – that’s the King’s standing order. As his chief minister explained, a statue might, at some unpredictable time, come to life and cause harm.        Also for this reason, statues must not have mouths, lest they wound us with their stony silence; or ears, lest they hear our dismissal of the lives they thought heroic, or at least notable – lives at least worthy of a statue or two – … [Read more...]

“Pieces” / Memorable Fancies #3458

       After they destroyed each other, she rebuilt herself from his pieces – those pieces she’d so disparaged before. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Memoricide” / Memorable Fancies #3457

[“every memory that agrees to destroy itself.” - Roberto Calasso] My memories stopped competing with each other to remember what really happened that awful night. “All that effort,” memory A said, “when I could just do away with myself instead of fighting you.” “Go ahead,” said memory B, promising also to forget... and also leave me alone.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“In-Formation” / Memorable Fancies #3456

[“The final result of our work will be a model in which everything counts as information, even what isn’t there.” – Italo Calvino] You try to say nothing, but saying nothing is itself a message. Then something; suddenly you are saying something. What? What? "Nothing," you say; but the universe laughs at you behind your back. What? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly … [Read more...]

“A Likeness” / Memorable Fancies #3454

 [“ ‘How does it feel to be dead?’ I say.” – Ai] Not “feel like,” but the real experience, unmarred by metaphor, like nothing else on earth. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“I’ll see you in my dreams” / Memorable Fancies #3453

[“Dreams would be a search engine.” - Jean Baudrillard] I had a delicious dream: food that filled but left me hungry; endless sex; breathtaking adventures that I somehow survived. And what I dreamed I sought out in life, and found it. But here, there were consequences... … [Read more...]

“Survival” / Memorable Fancies #3452

[“Society is governed by its will to survive.” – Georges Bataille]        That was the first command.        Seeking other societies to rule was the second. In the name of survival.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Today’s Impotent Rage” / Memorable Fancies #3451

[“How close are you to going through an impotent rage today?” – Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron]        Pretty close, actually, but I keep hoping the next one won’t be impotent.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Confessions” / Memorable Fancies #3450

[“...passing down the halls noiselessly over the carpeted floor, Djuna is aware of confessions seeping out.” – Anaïs Nin]        The Hotel of Confessions, where couples amorously venture, rent rooms, confront each other’s naked forms, their hidden lives.        Perhaps afterwards, elsewhere, there are confessions,...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. … [Read more...]

“The Recitation” / Memorable Fancies #3449

[“a sound that travels out from a silent person’s / Thoughts.”­ – Joanna Klink]        You think your thoughts are waiting patiently to be edited before being spoken. But no; they are there, on your face, silently reciting.   >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Real Me” / Memorable Fancies #3447

[“What the vast majority of us think about when we think about God is a divine version of ourselves.” – Reza Aslan]        Perhaps a little wiser than I am now, a little taller, fitter. Older, but still vigorous. Actually, the more I think of it, the more I see God as quite a bit like me.        I practice a knowing smile, share my opinions more openly, now. Tolerate disagreements less. Find blame a useful punishment for the … [Read more...]

“Homecoming” / Memorable Fancies #3446

A man returns to his home town after thirty years. Sadly enough, everyone he knew seems to have died or moved away. He assumes this, because no one remembers the old friends he asks about. He looks for the home where he grew up, but it’s not there. Locals tell him there’s never been a house there. He continues asking, now more urgently. He becomes suspicious. Who are all these new people? Why, instead of joy at his return, or even indifference, do they now flee in panic at his … [Read more...]

“Memories for Sale” / Memorable Fancies #3445

      You can buy copies of other peoples’ memories, experience thrills you never had. Critics say those memories can’t ever really be yours – it’s no better than watching a movie – and dangerous to your mind as well.         But as you watch a mem it becomes more like you, more like your own memories, your wish to be someone you might have been – not corrupted by your mediocrity, your vain desires – to experience those … [Read more...]

“Out-Rage” / Memorable Fancies #3444

[“I feel like I become a different person when I get angry, as if I am not really myself.” - Rage, A Step-by-Step Guide to Overcoming Explosive Anger, by Ronald T. Potter-Efron] Actually, when I’m calm – that’s when I’m not really myself. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Imprint” / Memorable Fancies #3443

[“The imprint they make on each other’s bodies is worth any pain / They may have caused.” ­ -- Joanna Klink]        And the imprint they’ve made on each other’s minds –is that worth the price of struggling desperately, later, to remove it? >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“For the Earth” / Memorable Fancies #3442

[“...who will prepare my body, / once I’m no longer in it, for the earth?” – Suji Kwock Kim]        Surprise!, it says; I’m still in here. Now, you’re not going to bury me in the ground are you? Now that I’ve shown you I can still speak, more or less, contorting the hard fibers of my mouth, trying to gesture my rigor-tightened fist.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

The Seeing / Memorable Fancies #3441

[“And is there a paradise anyway? Besides, What will I, Who see you everywhere, do there?” – Kabir]        I see you everywhere now, and that is no paradise. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Trading Songs” / Memorable Fancies #3445

[“If you’ll gimmy your thing to me I will gamey a sing to thee.” – Finnegan’s Wake] It seemed a fair trade – but the song she gave me was all she had, while I had another song left – for a different ‘you’  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“How Death Looks” / Memorable Fancies #3439

[“And death that advances / With little plaintive cries, / Dancing its odd dance” – Michel Houellebecq] I had maybe expected a gaunt old man with a scythe. But not this. I had expected a thinkfast moment: an explosion, perhaps, or a knife suddenly drawn. I had expected white-masked faces hovering over me, doctors shaking their heads. But not this. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly … [Read more...]

“My Excuse” / Memorable Fancies #3438

[“...Homer, Orpheus, Parmenides; but these latter said this without giving a reason, since they were divinely inspired.” – Hermias of Alexandria] Well, that’s my excuse for not giving you reasons for what I say – what’s yours?” >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“We couldn’t see” / Memorable Fancies #3437

[“when we couldn’t see / we made pictures” – Louise Glück]        We pictured our thoughts, drew or painted them as best we could remember, touching the boundaries of the canvas, selecting paints by the feel of the tubes, brushes by their strokes on our skin ... here in the dark... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Hunters” / Memorable Fancies #3436

[“My own notion is that, in the summer of 1896, something, or some beings, came as near to this earth as they could, upon a hunting expedition.” – Charles Fort]        No prey of interest here, they said, moving along, just a few scraps. But maybe in a hundred thirty years or so of crop growth, more billions of those plump, healthy beings... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Day of Creation” / Memorable Fancies #3435

[“We are not what was intended”- ‘John Doe’ (played by Kevin Spacey) in the film ‘Se7en’] That’s right: A mistake was made. Perhaps our raw materials were imperfect or impure. Perhaps the seed of life was planted on the wrong planet. Or perhaps God was absent-minded that day of creation, about our purpose, about what we could do if not closely supervised, about the deadly accuracy of our minds, or worse, our deadly errors....  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will … [Read more...]

“Decisions, decisions…” / Memorable Fancies #3434

It was decided that nothing would be decided today. But the decision that nothing would be decided today was challenged today by those who decided that a decision was really needed today...  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“How Painful” / Memorable Fancies #3433

[“…how painful it is to dream of happiness. The crushing weight of it all. Better to say nothing and pay attention to everything else.” – Albert Camus]        “Are you happy?” – Beware this question, because the answer can only be – “now that you ask, I don’t know.”  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Master Sufferer” / Memorable Fancies #3432

[“How can we learn to suffer more successfully?” – Alain de Botton] I was apprenticed to a master sufferer at age seven. He was renowned throughout the province for his ability to smile when he was low, to take punishment like a man – to sit gamely through clichés like those without grimacing or covering his ears. Or laughing. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Speech Less” / Memorable Fancies #3431

[“...written silence” – Alain Badiou]        What I wrote for the President left him speechless.        It was about time.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Playing My Organ” / Memorable Fancies #3430

[“The machine is no longer an excrescence or a protuberance of man – man is now merely the sex organ of the machine.” – William Burroughs]        We are here to help the machine make more machines. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Looking Around” / Memorable Fancies #3429

[“my mind is full of eyes” - John Ashbery]      They’re looking around, these eyes, peering suspiciously.      I say to you who accuse me, those must not be my eyes. My eyes trust you. See how warm and trusting they are?  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Your Other You” / Memorable Fancies #3849

       There are you’s that you might have been. They exist, but the world has been arranged so that you will never encounter these doubles of yourself.        But once in a long while, owing to a glitch in the Divine Providence, you might meet one of them "No, you say,” giving it a long hard look, “not that one.” “Next double, please.” … [Read more...]

“Overs and Unders” / Memorable Fancies #3428

over the counter and under the influence over the top and under the gun over the edge and under the rainbow over the hill and under the weather that last pair, for sure.  >> Below: a play about baseball available from the publisher, stageplays.com. << … [Read more...]

“The Stone Lectures” / Memorable Fancies #3426

[“Stone does not know how to lecture” - João Cabral de Melo Neto] Stone asserts. If it hears objections, it acts quickly. If it hears considerations, it acts more quickly, and harder. If it hears agreement, it is suspicious. If it hears nothing, it is at last satisfied by the silence it has created. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“Wake Up!” / Memorable Fancies #3425

[“Is there not another world within which I might suddenly wake, and from which I should look back upon this life as unreal? Such doubts and surmises, far from being irrational, are in my opinion even justified.” – F.H. Bradley]         Wake up ! – wake up ! – something is shaking me – wake up ! Do I dare open my eyes? What I see -will it be, then, the real?        I’m taking the chance that the dreams I forget will be ... more real. >> “books … [Read more...]

“How to Use Scissors”/ Memorable Fancies #3424

[“Memory doesn’t know how to use its scissors” - Yannis Stiggas]        I have learned how to cut memories, or slice them in two, or trim them top and bottom, or just ... stab, stab.  >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Limits of Machinality” / Memorable Fancies #3420

[“I very well understand the desire to be a machine, to go to the limits of machinality.” – Jean Baudrillard]        The limit of machinality is the junk-heap, or the recycling machine (that will be junked or recycled in its turn).        The limit of humanity, on the contrary, is the junk-heap called Heaven, or, if you have a problem with that, ... there is an alternative... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon … [Read more...]

“The Mice” / Memorable Fancies #3419

[“One day the mice became suspicious.” – John Ashbery]        That larger mammal, the Great One who promised to lead us to endless cheese: many of us have followed him to glory, never returning to us as they had promised. –        The heaven of cheese must be powerful indeed to have kept them there so long.        We are now convinced of the greatness of the cat’s promise.        She beckons … [Read more...]

“My Delusion” / Memorable Fancies #3418

       I’m here in the madhouse, unlikely to be released. The others here have the delusion that they’re not in a madhouse; so I laugh at them; I know where I am, this place with its locks, its solicitous staff.        But my own delusion is – that there are others... >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]

“The Disarmament” / Memorable Fancies #3417

[“I see a pediment of amputated statues looking at me.” – George Seferis]        They had been disarmed after the recent war. >> “books Terence Kuch” on Google or Amazon will lead you to more writing from a naturally curly mind. << … [Read more...]