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Crevice Weeds Writings—«waifs of many a wreck»—motley and fragmentary writings—sketchy and faulty—failed, perhaps—unconfined—along the borders, upon the thresholds and into the chinks of literature, «as foam that the sea-winds fret»…

How To Read, Perhaps

Alessandro Zabini

« … substantial, healthy sustenance …» for imagery «is also available in certain, though by no means all, works of cheap literature … ans so it happens that the person who can see more deeply can find the elements he really needs in the lower depths of writing and graphic art …» … a few signs on a reading & writing path to be followed … so as not to loose kinship with chilhood, imagery’s nether sources, faculties to imagine freedom … love of independence arising from adventure tales for children such as Il Corsaro Nero and Costal l’Indien … crossing the threshold through old engravings … «It is...

Lady Duskrover: Towards a Kung-Fu Magick Fantasy Tale

Alessandro Zabini

… … … … dimly seen as a day-dream, walking down the green riverside in a wet & windy Sunday afternoon—the Ancient Western Crossing not faraway—the campsite someplace there but now forgotten—the ghosts of Punic hosts still looming in time, perhaps—still haunting place and memory as the ghosts from cheap literature … … a green-eyed white cat sitting still on a high window sill staring afar … … grazing & glancing as quickly & fluently & sweetly as a blue-grey breeze brushing an heathy down pinkish-purple with dewy flowers above a clear nether spring gushing & flowing … … a blue misty cloud throbbing...

First Reconnaissance on the Field of Adventure

Alessandro Zabini

Happened or about to happen, adventure is an arousing, strange, or unforeseen event or experience —a chance —an hazardous undertaking as well as an alluring one for it holds a promise of oddity, of unknown —fate, doom, fortune, a commercial or financial venture … Above all, however, it is an interaction between imagination and so-called reality —as in playing, in reading, in writing … … … … « … substantial, healthy sustenance …» for imagery … … a vacant lot … looking towards the setting sun … Adventure Crossway

Unbounded

Alessandro Zabini

… a vacant lot …… looking towards the setting sun …… a land beyond the worldsnow-covered and blue-shaded in winterwith wastes wilds and a long low ravine …… grasslands and moorlands and downs …… thickets and groves jungles and forests,swamps and canebrakes …… and meadows and greenswardsassuming the shapes of streams and seas …… nothing more suitable for children’s games …pretending to be adventurers in searchof a lost treasure in a strange land …… a joint adventure of dream and wake …… the wider and deeperthe ranges were exploredthe more plentiful and repletethey were to be found …… something happened...

A Nether Picture from «Les Mohicans de Paris»

Alessandro Zabini
A Nether Picture from «Les Mohicans de Paris»
A Nether Picture from «Les Mohicans de Paris»

Treading the streets of Paris in the middle of the night to meet a beatiful lover, young Alexandre Dumas, «touriste noctambulant», carrying «ni canne, ni poignard, ni pistolets», passed always before a certain «porte voutée, à barreaux de fer», closed with an iron chain —and through the grate he could see a forest as mazy, entangled and thickset as those of India or the New World— more than a secluded park, a mysterious weald, stirring up an enchantment yielding to a sort of terror when, among the luxuriant leafage, at dusk, or under the pale silvery moonlight, the eye of an observer might discern...

A Dim Scrying Sight

Alessandro Zabini

As ruins and forests were seen through the veils of time by the eyes of the flaneur strolling about the streets of Paris so nether pictures might be seen through the veils of plot, scenery and characters by the catoptromantic eyes of the visionary reader strolling about the domain of cheap literature … Perhaps, if the divining reader detects in any of them and wrenchs from any of them certain pictures and combine between themselves the selected images to compose his own abysmally meaningful objet imaginaire then cheap novels may be transmuted in imaginative devices as dense as divinatory signs,...

This Side of Acheron

Alessandro Zabini
This Side of Acheron
This Side of Acheron

Sometimes, for a fleeting span, they may stand afloat on the dull sluggish waters, among the thick reeds and canes growing on the miry side, as castaways and stream drifts of the River Rhine —a stray slain Captain Action and stray toy soldiers from a missing army of yore—a broken toy gun—the silver damask handgun of Zorro— a ruined comic book and a dim ungraspable map embossed on brass. Images and words combine to preserve them all, abismally meaningful imaginative devices as dense as divinatory signs, spawning shorelessly meaningful images and links— «For all poetry is in a sense memory: all art,...

«Woods and starry solitudes»…

Alessandro Zabini
«Woods and starry solitudes»…
«Woods and starry solitudes»…

Once upon a time there was, between the westernmost Bologna’s border and the country, a vacant lot about seven hundred yards long and two hundred yards wide. Looking towards the setting sun, it was the favorite playground for children —a land beyond the world, snow-covered and blue-shaded by firs in winter, with wastes, wilds and a long low ravine, grasslands and moorlands and downs, short green grass growing on hillocks of grey grave’s ground, thickets and groves, jungles and forests, swamps and canebrakes and leaves-covered dusty trails, hidden haunts and secluded shanties and a dark nethergate,...

Scoli Sibillini.VIII

Alessandro Zabini

Response Principio d’indistinzione… Principio d’identità? Comunque sia, dissolve vero e falso, bello e brutto, espresso e inespresso, poesia e prosa, verso e slogan, ciò che è e ciò che non è letteratura, avventura e quotidianità, opera d’arte e merce, ideologia e critica—i concetti insieme alle forme. Soggetto, oggetto, vero, bene, bello, gusto… Negati, indugiano come ombre desiderose di vendetta. Lasciarli andare, affinché si dissolvano trasformandosi. Nuovi corpi, nuove ombre. Nuovi oggetti, nuovi concetti. Call trovare nella scrittura la forma del caos la forma del disordine sovvertire le tradizionali...

Scoli Sibillini . VII

Alessandro Zabini

Response Seduto nella sua stanzetta. Quello che vede non gli piace. Uscire a sbadilare strame con gli altri non gli piace. Sa che non è una bella vita, lui. Guardare dalla finestra è già sopportazione più che sufficiente. Sorride, gira le spalle alla finestra, guarda i libri. Porte d'avorio e porte di corno. Specchi di Lilith. Comunque sogni. Invenzioni, non riflessi. Non sbadilare, ma leggere, scrivere. Immaginare che l’immaginazione sia morta, dunque aggiungere qualcosa a quello che non si può sopportare e che si deve sopportare. Rigorosa tessitura di veli che lo rende possibile. Immagini, voci,...

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