Sunday, 5 December 2010
Thursday, 4 November 2010
"These ambiguities, redundancies, and deficiencies recall those attributed by Dr. Franz Kuhn to a certain Chinese encyclopedia called the Heavenly Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge. In its distant pages it is written that animals are divided into (a) those that belong to the emperor; (b) embalmed ones; (c) those that are trained; (d) suckling pigs; (e) mermaids; (f) fabulous ones; (g) stray dogs; (h) those that are included in this classification; (i) those that tremble as if they were mad; (j) innumerable ones; (k) those drawn with a very fine camel's-hair brush; (l) etcetera; (m) those that have just broken the flower vase; (n) those that at a distance resemble flies."
Saturday, 21 August 2010
Thursday, 12 August 2010
Monday, 26 April 2010
Monday, 19 April 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Don't count on Heaven, or on Hell.
You're dead. That's it. Adieu. Farewell.
Eternity awaits? Oh, sure!
It's Putrefaction and Manure
And unrelenting Rot, Rot, Rot,
As you regress, from Zoo. to Bot.
I'll Grieve, of course,
Though Grieving's never
Or coaxed a single extra Breath
Out of a Body touched by Death.
"The Biologist's Valediction to His Wife"
from Offcuts by Sherwin Stephen
This poem forms the epigraph to Jim Crace's book Being Dead. The book details the murder of two biologists on a beach and their subsequent decay. Both the book Offcuts and the author Sherwin Stephens are imaginary. But I do like the poem, so I thought I'd share.
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
Monday, 11 January 2010
Copyright Ed Baker