The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

September 28, 2005


Cinggis Qahan


"'Shalt thou not be
  Mine eyes for seeing,
  Mine ears for hearing?'"
(The Secret History of the Mongols, trans. Cleaves.)
http://www.asondheim.org/filmshipfilm.mov

"I shall rush [forward] for [him]
So as to cleave the deep water asunder,
So as to break the bright stone to pieces.
I shall rush [forward] for [him]
So as to break the pieces
The blue stone
In the place whither he shall have said,
  'Arrive [thither]';
So as to break to pieces
The black stone
At the time when he shall have said, 'Assault.'"
(ibid.)
http://www.asondheim.org/bfly.mp4


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