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Pieces O'Six Part 1

Pieces O'Six Part 1

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Pieces
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Six
Preface
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October1983Iwroteapoeminproseinlonghandonthe
llrst
sixpagesofa200-pagelined-paperschoolcompositionhook.Havingwrittenonepoeminproseofthislength,Iwrote
unother,
andthenanother....Sometimewhilewritingthese'tidiestonesIdecidedtocallthem"Pieces
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Six"andtofillthatnotebookwithsix-pageprosepieces-thirty-threeinall-leavingtwoblankpages'attheend,presumablyforapostfaceorprefacesuchasthis.Theycouldbewritten"directly"(i.e.,withoutusingsystematicchanceoranyothersystematicmethod)-aswereboththeearliestonesandmostoftheothers-orbyanymethodes),includingsystematicchanceorothersystems,determinedwhenbeginningeachoneinturn.Theonly"rules"werethattheyhadtobeproseandtooccupysixnotebookpagesinlonghand.Howmanypagestheywouldoccupywhentypedorprintedwasimmaterial.Variationsinmyhandwritingcausedvariationsinthenumberoftyped,andlaterprinted,pages.Asthewritingoftheseriesproceeded(orasitdidsometimes,laggedorevenstoppedforawhile),Ifoundmyselfwritingseveralkindsofpieces:manyparatactic,thoughoftenquasi-narrative;someseeminglyout-and-outstories;othersmuchlikeessays,butdeceptivelyso;afewofthemcollagesdrawingfromvarioussourcesbychance-selectionandotherchance-operationalsystemsor(atleastinonenotablecase)byimpulsechanceand"dipping."Asfriendsandotherreadershaveremarked,theyarevery"different,"bothfrommuchofmyotherworkandfromeachother.AtfirstIdidrelativelylittlerevision,andmostofthatinthenotebook,althoughI
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probablydidsomerevisionwhiletypingtheearlierpieces,whichIdidonelectrictypewriters-firstonanSCMCoronamatic2200,lateronanIBMSelectricandaJukiSierra.However,somewherearoundthemiddleoftheseries,Ibegantypingthepiecesonaportableelectronictypewriter,aCanonTypestar
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andthereuponmoreandmorerevisiontookplacebetweenthelonghandnotebookandthetypedpages.Iclarifiedmylengthrule.
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referredonlytofirstdrafts.Revisionmightincreasethelengthofthetypedpieces.
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wasthelastoneofwhichthefirstdraftwascompletedinlonghandinthenotebook.XXXIwasbegunintheLouvreinthenotebook,andmoreofitwaswrittenontheplanefromParistoNewYork,bothinthenotebookandontheTypestar,butitsfirstdraftwascompletedinNewYork(aboutahalf-yearlater)onanAtari520STcomputer.Sothefirst-draft-lengthrulewasexpanded:eithersixlonghandpagesinthenotebookorsixcomputerpages.ThelatterappliedtoXXXIthroughXXXIII.XXXIwasfurtherrevisedafteritwastransferredtoaZenith158,andevenXXXwasrevisedalittlemoreafterbeingenteredintotheZenith.ButXXXIIandXXXIIIaretheonly"Pieces
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Six"that
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assixcomputerpagesontheZenith.Extensiverevisionlengthenedthemboth,despitethequasi-chancecollagemethodbywhichtheformerwascomposed.Allalong,athird"rule"whichmaysurprisesomereadershadbeenemerginggradually(thoughithadbeencontinuallyoperative)duringthewriting:
theyareallpoems.
Eventhepiecesthatarestorylikeoressaylikearepoems.Thisis,infact,theirmostsignificantcharacteristic.Theyareall
poemsinprose-whatever
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AparadeatZoadidnotpreventrecalcitrantspreading.Panachedecidedtheday.Leverageappliedopportunelyregardedtheobjectionsalthoughenfiladeswereneverpresentandcreamwasseenaslesslikelythantheterritoryprovidedbythelatestfortifications.Sciencehadspoken.Noonedoubtedthatthefrontierwasattainabledespitetheconclusionsoftriflerswhofoundtracesateveryintersectionandfiddlersintreesthroughoutthewalnutgrove.Foragingwasademand,butthemerewhistleofsightwaslesslikelythanthemostperfecthemispherestoopentheblindingfurnacesrequitedbytheconnectedhulksoftrulybeneficentpsychographers.Theyfounderedamongthetoysandletlesspermanentobjectspickandmuseamongthegloamingscreens.Fortunateindeedwerethefatalisticfurieswhomountedmorethanonestaircaseinattemptstoregulatethefinessedmovementsofinquiringstreams.Whowouldhavebelievedthosecalamitouscousinshadnottheirnearestepicsreleasedprofoundqualitiesregardlessofthejanglesproceedingfromcagescollapsedontheslip?Neverhadtheylesslikelyallies!Asfarawayasthefuturecountlessimpoverishmentbeckonedwhennosignofflavorrewardedtheirsearchesandreelsofthreatenedcongratulationpartedthewavesofhayweighingheavilyontheirbrainsandimpartiallypassingthemonthestreet.Whatcouldhaveenteredthen?SurelynoslanderorordinaryfanaticismdeckedoutintwillorformedinprecisecircleslikeJapanesejunketers.Weatherbeatenandwornasmobilecoronas,thoseflexibleteammatesseemedmadeforeffortandtimedfortoomanysearches.Inquirieswerefutile.Gangsofsandaledyoungstersflailedincessantlyamidthe
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