The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

July 29, 2002


1000 character essay (help and partial translation Ellen Zweig)
broken fragment of beginning sequence transformation

     1	heaven
     2	is
     3	black,
     4	earth
     5	is
     6	yellow
     7	the
     8	cosmos
     9	are
    10	vast
    11	a
    12	desolate
    13	wasteland
    14	the
    15	sun
    16	sets
    17	in
    18	the
    19	west
    20	it's
    21	dusk
    22	from
    23	7
    24	to
    25	9
    26	in
    27	the
    28	west
    29	it's
    30	dusk
    31	from
    32	7
    33	to
    34	9
    35	in
    36	the
    37	west
    38	it's
    39	dusk
    40	from
    41	7
    42	to
    43	9
    44	in
    45	the
    46	morning
    47	the
    48	constellations
    49	line
    50	up
    51	it's
    52	a
    53	measure
    54	word,
    55	they
    56	spread
    57	out
    58	cold
    59	comes
    60	the
    61	heat
    62	goes
    63	in
    64	autumn
    65	the
    66	harvesting
    67	in
    68	winter
    69	the
    70	hiding,
    71	concealing
    72	intercalary
    73	timing
    74	the
    75	leftover
    76	residue
    77	becomes
    78	one
    79	tenth
    80	measurement
    81	of
    82	years
    83	the
    84	lu
    85	pipes
    86	shift
    87	position
    88	open
    89	clouds
    90	ascend,
    91	galloping,
    92	sending
    93	rain
    94	dew
    95	forms
    96	becoming
    97	frost
    98	gold
    99	gives
   100	birth
   101	beautiful
   102	water
   103	jade
   104	emanates
   105	out
   106	from
   107	Kun
   108	mountain
   109	summit
   110	the
   111	double-edged
   112	dagger
   113	name
   114	of
   115	scream
   116	the
   117	huge
   118	gate-tower
   119	the
   120	pearl
   121	is
   122	called
   123	the
   124	light
   125	of
   126	darkness
   127	the
   128	treasure
   129	of
   130	fruit
   131	the
   132	plum
   133	the
   134	apple
   135	many
   136	vegetables
   137	mustard
   138	ginger
   139	the
   140	sea
   141	salted
   142	the
   143	rivers
   144	fresh
   145	fishscales
   146	hidden
   147	in
   148	depths
   149	feathers
   150	circling
   151	far
   152	overhead
   153	the
   154	fire
   155	dragon
   156	the
   157	emperor
   158	teaching
   159	the
   160	phoenix
   161	the
   162	royal
   163	official
   164	men
   165	beginning
   166	making
   167	writing
   168	characters
   169	then
   170	uniforms
   171	robes
   172	skirts
   173	expel
   174	the
   175	throne
   176	yield
   177	the
   178	country
   179	Yao
   180	Tang
   181	has
   182	predicted

   183	[...]
   184	question
   185	or
   186	problem
   187	[...]
   188	gate

    2  wc th
   14  cp jj th
   15  ./m.pl jj > kk
   16  wc kk
   17  wc jj
   18  ./m.pl kk > jj
   19  wc jj
   20  ./m.pl jj > kk
   21  wc kk
   22  ./m.pl kk > jj
   23  wc jj
   27  ./m.pl jj > kk
   28  wc kk
   56  tr " " '\012' < kk > yy
   58  nl yy > zz
   61  rm jj kk
   63  rm yy
   72  h >> mn

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omen

a desolate wasteland vast ascent, galloping, bamboo pitches beautiful one
tenth becoming beginning black characters circling far overhead clouds
cold comes dew dragon earth emanates out expel feathers fishscales form
fresh in the west the throne the treasure then uniforms vegetables water
writing yao yellow heaven is black, earth is yellow yield


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the big maze


a 113 absolved 223 across 193 after 127 against 209 against 212 against
215 and 117 and 160 and 173 and 2 and 225 and 228 and 54 and 63 and 69 and
75 and 83 and 95 anywhere 198 are 14 are 18 are 4 at 28 backwards 172
before 122 before 219 begin 21 begin 56 beings 94 birth 123 black 44
bodies 137 bodies 142 calendar 65 cause 107 cause 114 cause 238 cause 51
cause 59 children 26 choice 12 choice 232 choice 235 clothing 178 continue
100 continue 144 continue 202 continue 47 create 234 death 109 death 112
death 128 death 211 death 213 disappears 218 divination 64 dresses 180
earth 38 eclipse 66 everything 217 explanation 214 explanation 216 extend
154 extend 170 feel 23 find 147 find 237 find 31 find 50 find 58 for 105
for 108 forwards 175 given 15 given 19 grasp 131 grasp 138 have 10 have
183 having 230 illness 106 impossible 41 in 133 in 140 in 158 in 161 in
187 in 35 in 42 in 77 in 85 in 90 in 97 infants 27 is 151 is 222 is 33 is
40 it 24 it 73 it 81 kill 229 land 195 land 8 language 165 larger 74
larger 76 larger 82 larger 84 life 121 life 126 live 197 live 200 make 103
make 111 make 120 make 125 make 207 make 72 make 80 make 88 make 93
measurement 186 measurement 190 memory 171 memory 174 men 226 men 3 minds
130 minds 135 move 192 no 11 no 231 none 152 nothing 221 nourish 227 of
185 of 189 of 204 of 239 of 52 of 60 on 101 on 145 on 203 on 48
organization 208 organization 210 organize 116 organize 118 organize 68
organize 70 origins 89 out 25 play 29 possible 34 reason 104 reason 148
reason 155 robes 179 sky 45 sky 62 space 159 space 78 space 98 spheres 96
status 184 status 188 summer 61 survive 157 the 194 the 36 the 43 the 7
their 129 their 134 their 136 their 141 them 132 them 139 them 220 there
150 they 102 they 110 they 115 they 119 they 124 they 13 they 143 they 146
they 153 they 156 they 163 they 166 they 169 they 17 they 176 they 182
they 191 they 196 they 199 they 20 they 201 they 206 they 233 they 236
they 30 they 46 they 49 they 55 they 67 they 71 they 79 they 87 they 9
they 92 they 99 thrown 5 time 162 time 86 time 91 to 22 to 57 uniforms 181
upon 6 use 164 use 167 use 177 war 205 waterfall 240 waterfall 53 what 16
what 32 what 39 where 149 women 1 women 224 writing 168 yellow 37

vi zz; tr " " '\012' < zz > yy; nl yy > ww; awk -f a/back ww > yy;
sort yy > ww; h >> ww; rm yy zz; pico ww

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the chant of trilby-svengali


i am her trilby to her svengali and she is my trilby to my svengali. i
have to create them. svengali's mental. shape-riding nobody. svengali and
trilby make perfect fuck, sharing the dream of svengali and trilby

mysterious svengali as he creates electric light to see her better

trilby to svengali's edison, dolly shot in cinerama, her trilby to her
svengali, my trilby to my svengali. she nobody. svengali and trilby make
perfect fuck, sharing

mesmeric rosy nipples entering miraculous singing long white gown falling
open from her shoulders evening primrose licking her feet drinking her
urine before the guests i will kill you but my voice must be pure tongue
within, show them who is mesmerized degradation beyond degradation
degradation beyond belief her staring is uncanny, almost as if she leaves
so quickly now, almost in a feint naked, thou hast cast me into this role
naked, i am dying of love, sweet song, mesmeric one last kiss, one last
note, one touch mesmeric songster of the night entering breathing deeply
miraculous singing hands trembling in the air evening primrose licking her
feet i will kill you but my voice must be pure tongue within, show them
who is mesmerized degradation beyond degradation degradation beyond belief
applause from an audience of thousands her staring is uncanny, almost as
if please, i can live no longer like this naked, i am dying of love, sweet
song, mesmeric one last kiss, one last note, one touch

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