Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Fractured English Poetry

Fingering the nothingness that underlies everything.
--
Japanese technical manual, referring to a "pointer to void."

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Blogger Elizabeth Raventail said...

Sometimes I really find fractured English fascinating. Every once in awhile you come up with a real gem, like this one. Quotes like this one belong in a book of poetry somewhere, partly because they're rather poetic, and partly because they fit the "definition" that poetry takes a common everyday event of object or meaning and puffs it up with flowery language until it is difficult to understand. This is in direct contrast to those informative books which strive to take something difficult and make it understandable. Who would ever expect to find "Fingering the nothingness that underlies everything" in a technical manual?
Other times it's the meaning behind the words that make them interesting. That sincere wish to communicate is sometimes what makes a statement special. Sometimes it really IS the thought that counts.

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