“Another Adventure in Anomia” / Memorable Fancies #2161

[“Anything that will attract a name” – John Ashbery]

I painted the thing bright red, set it outside in the front yard where my neighbors would be sure to see it, and then they’d tell me the thing was ugly and I should take it away. And I’d ask “What thing?” and they’d say “That thing in your front yard” and I’d persist in my ignorance until, angry, they called it a name, and me a name too. So now for a while I can remember two names, call them up in my mind and speak them, deliciously, over and over before I forget them along with every other name I’ve ever forgotten.

Tomorrow, blue thing.



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