Selections from "Exploded Meditation" Author(s): Michel Butor and Lee Fahnestock Reviewed work(s): Source: The Iowa

Review, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Fall, 1978), pp. 86-88 Published by: University of Iowa Stable URL: . Accessed: 26/10/2012 03:33
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I have imagined will serve and that Iwill obtain at that the substitutes which I have been searching since childhood. then. none at hand for the moment I trust and time in this dungeon is pressing. suddenly brush ing it. but I have instruments. others musical and it is quite possible. while the looking at the countryside. and I had the feeling that each day as if the touch of my hand it grew somewhat taller and lengthened.Selections from "Exploded Meditation" The Hearth INSIDE THIS to obtain are those Michel Butor order There parents have a city. and despairing. wipes his blade to beside his carry away the cadaver lay him in the mausoleum lamenting. the the head from the last descendant on a the ancient nobles. all the water I drank. a river. and every morning. into it. that Iwould pass on bed I swore to myself after breakfast. he sets the shaft of his ax in a slot provided severed square. transform it into space in to stretch out the arms at last. the taunts of hunger. This is in POT I have placed a vineyard. and ignorance ring The Ax Having headsman of the royal family. all the books I read. purpose by the founder of the dynasty in the center of the execution The crowd had loved the prince. the other sidewalk. centuries earlier for that parents. and I thrust my hands into my pockets though knowing I felt myself last no more than a few steps. replace a word which that would establish silence in the bastille. countryside keeps The Wall to reach that school I followed its length through years of childhood I dreamed of America it with my left where and the trade winds. which last that drop of ink for which in falling from a brush onto a sheet of paper would render the suddenly a vocable that would latter quite white around one letter that would replace me me at would let talk that last would breathe. And all the bread nourished it. held in high esteem the gentlemen who a tradition of to maintain all the disturbances had managed throughout 86 . brushing hand on the way. who claim that it absolutely requires sea water. while bronze scarf. one where still. to a recipe which my the elixir of countryside according lost but of which my grandparents still had a faint recollection. others some ancient ruins. irresistibly I crossed itwould the street. grant speech at last. thirst. forgetting. wasting. as if little by little I emptied myself that I ate. my right on the return. it seemed as though all that were taken from me by the vampire wall. ing in my ears. and every night as Iwent to that Iwould not touch it again.

The idols would then be stilled. but also that he is pro in the presentation evinced of his re foundly grateful for the confidence he in his the niche of honor.the wheel of fortune must courtliness. The Theater The way in which the performance springs up at the detour of a comma. embroidered with purple sturgeons and 87 . bows. The difficulty from the bowels of the earth once calm has returned. The Yoke In order to harness the buffalo-dragons. the arch of their ing each time the relationship of their nuances. He does not dare to look. The machinery sets in motion. and returns to his hotel. but in no way to make use of them. it would indeed be possible to manufacture others. only that his majesty retains a close friendship for him. logue splendidly a the daughter of the king of the Indies. to not able consequently only the time of eruption but also the predetermine are hewn and molds of great depth. height admiration of all his friends who no longer dare to present to the palace the slightest request. one must cast lava yokes from the flow of live volcanoes. and elicits for it the petals. Thereupon hangs calligram with a bouquet of three chrysanthemums which he renews daily. general direction of the flow. Channels which is in wrenching the piece they line with fire brick. A stroke of the brush. and. modify the length. like the mammoth able of reasons must have motivated his position. sufficiently solemn. in their museums. The Refusal The petitioner of the Far-Eastern bows before the Emperor isles who indicates his reply on a silken scroll. curtain descends from the flies. After closing off all egress he unrolls the august docu realizes that it is a refusal but so exquisitely traced that it is clear not ment. so that if by some misfortune latter should all chance to be cracked at once. celebrates it quest. it is the prince who moves forward and. in amono comes to us is that tell of his thwarted love for contorted. fearing the humiliation of seeing it accepted. to provide future celebrations with the quality of black capable of setting off the brilliant apparel of the guild of take on for life a mourning the former authorities innovators. but the prophecies must be fulfilled. good for selling while the race of buffalo-dragons or the hipparion. the new order must prevail. that the most favor to occidentals for placing would become extinct. who alone are capable of pulling the stone chariots on which the idols circulate for the new year's celebra It is advis tion. of the number leaves of and the stems. This requires buffalo the dragons harnessed with yokes of lava. turn.

Consequently element. His light voice. From the orchestra come swirls of guitar. Translated by Lee Fahnestock 88 . she to the prince a change of his body. the whole court. A divinity descends seated on a sea shell. how can they be reunited? A monster passes sneering.mottled that the scene is taking place at the Sargassum fish. assists at the erection of the surgical bed. the spectators beneath going sleep fidget and ask themselves how this will all turn out. over the stress of objurgations. Nurses with long fish dignitaries. including the proclaims his unshakable decision. his mother him to renounce this project. the anesthesia. We understand the two lovers do not breathe the same bottom of the sea. rustlings of the oboe. It is the end of act one. His father the king. The prince sings a rending aria before fins proceed with to the mask. it will be a long and difficult proposes the queen come to plead with operation. Crying. An enchant er busies himself about his ovens where a cold petrified fire heats his retorts without troubling the surrounding waters.

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