A Whittenberg, Quilt

Rosemary Bailey, WC 21



Slaves recognize the metaphor
Putting odds together with ends
Knitting scraps into study shape

Manipulating fabric
Irregular shapes:
Functional, enduring

Making a way
Out of no way

A Whittenberg


Review by Massimo Fantuzzi

Yes, “Functional.” I also believe that. That our work, this unpaid perpetual labour of printed sounds for a despotic pharaoh, its chaos of initiations and muddled rituals of ordering and compiling intuitions themselves chaotic and muddled has its own function, its precise scope, universal and yet specific to each one of us.

The lines, “Making a way / Out of no way,” make for the most effective and accurate way of synthesizing the poetic algorithm, in all its undeterred seemingly-illogical disarticulated act of assembling “scraps,” “odds,” and “ends.”

“Thus we consider a possible (though certainly not proven) function of a dream to be weaving new material into the memory system in a way that both reduces emotional arousal and is adaptive in helping us cope with further trauma or stressful events” (Ernest Hartmann, “Why do we dream?” Scientific American, July 2006).

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