letters dropped into mail slits
moving pictures seen through slits in zooetrope
slits in medieval castle walls for admittance of light and discharging of arrows
a man born blind, at age 53 had surgery to restore his sight. the case history reveals a blind man who was active and extroverted who, after gaining vision, became bored and severely depressed.
three years after the operation he died
have we parted to willfully blind us to each other
when abundance itself becomes deprivation
there are cases where a patient who finds the reality of continuous spectacle too painful copes by having a 'conversion reaction' that psychologically causes blindness, but without any physical impairment of the
'we are no longer seeing each other'
we are blind to our body's interior (first wrote 'idterior')
only trauma exposes our innards to light
for admittance of light and discharging of arrows
what's in the firearm's line of sight
coloneyezer's hand pries eyelids open from the inside and reaches out
hand-eye coordination of globaleyezation,
(the image of a hand with an eye upon it appears in many parts of the world- in some places, as invective against the evil eye that it portrays;
in others, as glorification: the Christianized version of the Roman Hand of Power called "the Most Powerful Hand of God")
seeing invades, conquers, devours
war's eye projects what's hated within the self upon the other, in order to look at and to anneyehilate
love's eye parts its lips to ingest, unable to be separate from the beloved
you are the apple of my eye
what's the difference between a bird and a letter. migrating birds appearing as dots on airplane radar screens used to be a mystery and the dots were referred to as "angels." angel in greek: messenger
between a bird and a person. phylogenetically, the basal ganglia system deep within the brain is ancient and serves as the predominant motor system for birds and in humans is believed to be involved in automatic movements of eating, posture, walking, swinging arms (I initially mistyped 'winging arms')
with you gone my sole companion is a red cardinal at my window, he incessantly bangs into glass, hovers in fluttering suspension, back to tree till next propulsion into pane, seemingly oblivious to the pain he must be causing for the sake of this engagement with himself that he appears to believe he's having with another bird
a soldier returns home from combat. amongst his mail is a letter that he had written from the front to his imagined 'loved one' at home. he reads this letter that he wrote and responds to it, as if he were the loved one that he had written to. He mails it to himself at his name and address, and receives and responds to it in turn as if he were writing back to the beloved who had written to him.
He plans a trip in order to mail this letter to himself from a post office in another part of the country, so that he might come home to receive a letter from a loved one far away, to read what he himself had written as if someone else had written to him and to respond, to go away again to mail it to himself to return home to receive another letter postmarked from another distant place, and so on.
In deciding where to mail the letter from, the man delves into the history of post offices that rapidly sprung up in El Dorado County California during the gold rush, finding that many of them that are referred to in old history books actually never existed at all:
phantom post offices
He drives 3000 miles wanting to mail the letter from the 'Lover's Leap Post Office', established Oct. 30, 1919, named after a Native American girl who plunged from its adjacent cliff out of unrequited love. but when he gets to California he's unable to locate it, there is no record or address of such a post office in official Postal Department archives: