Thursday, June 9, 2011

the biases that bind

So, you may remember, say from my previous post, On the Binding Biases of Time, that earlier this year I published a book by that title.  Remember?  Have you purchased your copy yet?  If not, in addition to the handy widgets on the right, here are couple more for your convenience:

OK, so, anyway, the title essay in that volume has a rather poetic ending, if I do say so myself, so I have taken the liberty of isolating those lines, abstracting to use general semantics parlance, or decontextualizing if you prefer the term used in orality-literacy studies, and in a sense turning them into a poem (or you might say that they already were one, and this is just revealing them for the poem they are, take your pick).

In doing so, I've also played with the structuring a bit, using Courier which, as a monospace font, makes it easy to line things up vertically.  And here, for what's it's worth, is the result:

the biases that bind

 we are binders of time

        bound up

 by our biases  of time

 we are moved

 by our consciousness

                of time

        as we tell time

    and as we tell ourselves

         that only time

         will tell

    as we play for time

and as we pray

    as we pray for time

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