Found Poem: From Hartman’s ‘Crossing Over: Literary Commentary as Literature’

Anti-evangelical, a flight beyondthe eagle referred to, viaa pun on Hegel: Out of nothing,into nothing, endlessly approachingthe limit we call meaning: Jem’aigle: I am my own vulture.A hieroglyphic hysteria, phobia,the commentator’s contaminatingchiastic discourse: Sourceand secondary, inseparable. Atextual infinity, a new geometry,this Immaculate Conception, ICici. Here and now. The odysseyof spirit, that critic of critics,that promised land, not oursto enter. We die in the wilderness:But to have desired to enter it! —To have saluted from afar —The only reply: Ah, Wilderness. — all language taken from “Crossing Over: Literary Commentary as Literature,” an essay by Geoffrey Hartman

vocab via Hartman

apotropaic, adj. Having or reputed to have the power of averting evil influence or ill luck. pataphysics, noun.A notional branch of knowledge dealing with that which eludes scientific or metaphysical understanding (originally elaborated by the French writer and dramatist of the absurd, Alfred Jarry); the philosophy of the absurd. Also: (in extended use) pseudoscientific or pseudo-metaphysical nonsense.

Garden [voice crying out] in the wilderness

Geoffrey Hartman: “One might speculate that what we call the sacred is simply that which must be interpreted or reinterpreted.” “If we turn from religion, philosophy, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and so forth to literary criticism, and acknowledge its separate status, it is because we need that garden in the wilderness. Though freer and more visionary than most admit, literary criticism directs us to objects that are clearly there, clearly human clearly finite — perhaps, as Valery surmised, abandoned by the author rather than complete, yet therefore available for the finding we call interpretation.” –from ” Literary Criticism and its Discontents”