Mermaid illustration obtained by Blomhoff, late Edo period (artist unknown)
Reports of mermaid encounters were not uncommon in 19th-century Japan, and a number of illustrated documents from that period - including a few by notable natural historians - depict some fantastic specimens rarely seen in today’s world.
This mermaid illustration from the National Museum of Ethnology (Leiden, Netherlands) was obtained by Dutch trader Jan Cock Blomhoff, who served as director of the Dejima trading post in Nagasaki from 1817 to 1824. The drawing appears to show a different mermaid than Blomhoff’s famous mummified specimen, which is also owned by the museum.
love is an evil word
& love is an evil word.
Turn it backwards/see, see what I mean?
An evol word. & besides
who understands it?
I certainly wouldn’t like to go out on that kind of limb.
—Amiri Baraka from “In Memory of Radio”
obsolete delete, photos by david ellingsen
it is hard to write for no audience, to write for yourself, especially when you despise the personal.
try writing for yourself when you are dead and everyone around you is forgetting everything, including you.
try writing for yourself when you don’t have a self and the man you used to project yourself onto is still alive, playing deafeningly loud about the absence of you.
he loves his lament for me.
i’m going to have to make myself up. maybe write for this audience of shades. they will forget everything i say, all of it, every word, every phrase.
i will sequence timeless dark into little spans of now. with words.
Quiet friend who has come so far,
feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,
what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
i’ve queued a bunch of posts about black holes.
they are all quotes from the hubble telescope site (each quote will include a citing link)
…but you might prefer to read them metaphorically…
I think they might be all for Orpheus.