The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

May 23, 2004

everything washes out and directs itself no evidence left anywhere another
of numerous disappearances the color of the back of the body bears witness
but this isn't that this turns away from that this is an alternator an
alternative an alternation an altering cut
and paste cut and paste


recombinant production tending towards white-hole implosion

this is so simple, if it weren't for the theme of spew/emissions/symbol,
it would be close to ludicrous.

in fact it is old-fashion, _an image_ and nothing more, in relation to
_an other image._

reverse engineering

i apologize for my antiquity


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 23 May 2004 14:51:31 -0700 (PDT)
To: undisclosed-recipients:  ;
Subject: RealPoetik  Raymonde Linossier

Raymonde Linossier was born in 1896 in France. While studying law in Paris,
she wrote Bibi-la-Bibiste �to amuse her sister Alice and her friend Francis
Poulenc.� She died in 1930.

A Novel for Francis Poulenc

Chapter One

Her birth was no different from that of other children.

That�s why she was named Bibi-la-Bibiste.

(This was the childhood of Bibi-la-Bibiste.)

Chapter Two

In her arteries there flowed red blood; in her veins it was black.*

(Such was the adolescence of Bibi-la-Bibiste.)

Chapter Three

At sixteen she went to work in a shop.

�Ow, my nose itches,� she cried.

�An old man loves you,� her companions replied, interrupting their song.

A violent emotion seized her. Her heart heaved within her breast.

(Thus were the loves of Bibi-la-Bibiste.)

Chapter Four

She went out.

In the crowded street countless old gentlemen passed. Bibi-la-Bibiste
examined them anxiously. But none responded to her appeal. Only one cast her
an ardent glance, and he was young!

Not wanting to oppose the mysterious designs of Fate**, Bibi-la-Bibiste
pursued her path.

(And this was the disappointment of Bibi-la-Bibiste.)

Chapter Five

In a hospital Bibi-la-Bibiste died. Like Mary her patroness, like Joan of
Arc, she was a virgin. But her card carried the reference �Syphilis.�

(O magic power of amorous look!)

(And this is the last and most tragic chapter of the novel of

* Cf. Prof. Caustier�s Anatomy and Physiology of the Plants and Animals.

** Had this novel been intended for Faith Digest, we would have put

Translated by Keith Waldrop.

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