Friday, June 11, 2004

Halo Distribution Battery Cyclops

I've had a few discussions with Tony about the juxtaposition of nouns in Robert Pollard's titles.

I got the title of this post by using the Guided by Voices Song Title Generator [Contains Pop-up ads].

Some quotes from an interview with Allen Ginsberg in the book Spontaneous Mind:

"The last part of 'Howl' was really an homage to art but also in specific terms an homage to Cézanne's method, in a sense I adapted what I could to writing: but that's a very complicated matter to explain. Except, putting it very simply, that just as Cézanne doesn't use perspective lines to create space but it's a juxtaposition of one color against another color (that's one element of his space), so, I had the idea, perhaps overrefined that by the unexplainable, unexplained nonperspective line, that is, juxtaposition of one word against another, a gap between the two words--like the space gap in the canvas--there'd be a gap between the two words which the mind would fill in with the sensation of existence."

"Or in the haiku, you have two distinct images, set side by side without drawing a connection, without drawing a logical connection between them the mind fills in this...this space."

"So, I was trying to do similar things with juxtapositions like 'hydrogen jukebox.' Or...'winter midnight smalltown streetlight rain.' ...The problem is then to reach the different parts of the mind, which are existing simultaneously, choosing elements from both, like: jazz, jukebox, and all that, and we have the jukebox from that: politics, hydrogen bomb, and we have the hydrogen of that, you see 'hydrogen jukebox.' And that actually compresses in one moment a whole series of things."

"In the moment of composition I don't necessarily know what it means, but it comes to mean something later, after a year or two. I realize that it meant something clear, unconsciously. Which takes on meaning in time, like a photograph developing slowly. Because we're not really always conscious of the entire depth of our minds--in other words, we just know a lot more than we're able to be aware of normally--though at moments we're completely aware, I guess."

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