I was talking to Hugh Thomas the other night about the alphabet and math in regard to such things as the square root of minus J, irrational letters, or the lowest prime letter.
There are relationships between numbers: 2 + 2= 4, at least when it is dark and the one –armed man is smiling. I always have the sense of impending relationships and patterns that I might not have discerned, vast numerical territories that I need a mathematical Heraclitus to chart for me, to mythologize.
And of course there are associations with numbers. I once lived at
This kind of number play reminds me of bpNichol’s letter play in the Martyrology.
Is grammar the mathematics of the alphabet? Semantics advanced math? Spelling arithmetic? When I was a kid, I learned my L times tables, but could never get the hang of S.
Metaphors are some kind of equation, or maybe calculus. A trig is just a sonnet with angles. All of human writing is Pi, going on forever, just broken into segments. With it we can calculate a circle that isn’t unbroken.
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