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9.03.2011

sleeping with the dictionary


Bandeau pour la lettre z

Le Grand dictionnaire universel - 1865 - Larousse, Pierre


Sleeping with the Dictionary
by Harryette Mullen

I beg to dicker with my silver-tongued companion, whose lips are ready to read my shining gloss. A versatile partner, conversant and well-versed in the verbal art, the dictionary is not averse to the solitary habits of the curiously wide-awake reader. In the dark night’s insomnia, the book is a stimulating sedative, awakening my tired imagination to the hypnagogic trance of language. Retiring to the canopy of the bedroom, turning on the bedside light, taking the big dictionary to bed, clutching the unabridged bulk, heavy with the weight of all the meanings between these covers, smoothing the thin sheets, thick with accented syllables—all are exercises in the conscious regimen of dreamers, who toss words on their tongues while turning illuminated pages. To go through all these motions and procedures, groping in the dark for an alluring word, is the poet’s nocturnal mission. Aroused by myriad possibilities, we try out the most perverse positions in the practice of our nightly act, the penetration of the denotative body of the work. Any exit from the logic of language might be an entry in a symptomatic dictionary. The alphabetical order of this ample block of knowledge might render a dense lexicon of lucid hallucinations. Beside the bed, a pad lies open to record the meandering of migratory words. In the rapid eye movement of the poet’s night vision, this dictum can be decoded, like the secret acrostic of a lover’s name.

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7 comments:

gz said...

Mmmmm, books.

and the mule lurking in the corner behind the "z"...

soubriquet said...

The Sleeping Dictionary, 2003
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOgMgde3rQ8

soubriquet said...

Harryette's a bit steamy in her lexicographical nights, is she not?

red dirt girl said...

Hi gz~

Yes, books are yummmmy! And I like that little mule hiding back there .... even if it looks a little striped :)

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red dirt girl said...

Hi Soubry~

Yes, I saw that movie ad whilst trawling for images last night AND thought of you, knowing what a big Jessica Alba fan you are. Never saw the movie (came and went ...?) Did you ? Was it any good?

xxx

red dirt girl said...

I think Harryette feels quite sensual about her reading material ... especially when she takes it to bed with her. I can relate :)

xxx

soubriquet said...

Harryet quote: "I was licked all over by the English tongue."

No, the movie was a "straight to dvd" type thing. It contained beautiful scenery, but not much development of the story. The sort of movie you watch and think, if someone else had directed this, it could have been great.