Composition, Koans

The Gateless Gate meets Writing Gateways.
Calligraphy by Kanjuro Shibata XX “Ensō (円相)”
Photo by Jordan Langelier

Calligraphy by Kanjuro Shibata XX “Ensō (円相)”

Photo by Jordan Langelier

Into the same rivers we step and do not step, we are and are not.

—Heraclitus via Glen Southergill

The traitorous writer is hospitable to even the most monstrous of thoughts.

-Sergio Figueiredo

No enTitlement

VVhich is the better spelling?
Public or Pubic /
Pubic or Public …

—Victor Vitanza

There would still remain the never-resting mind,
So that one would want to escape, come back
To what had been so long composed.
The imperfect is our paradise.
Note that, in this bitterness, delight,
Since the imperfect is so hot in us,
Lies in flawed words and stubborn sounds.

—Wallace Stevens mentioned by Geoffrey Sirc

I have started to say that intonation units are the secret of the universe.

—Peter Elbow

The magic is in unplanned language.

—Peter Elbow

The magic is in unplanned language.

—Peter Elbow

Be ruled by your mouth and your ear.

—Peter Elbow

The stuff begins with the fluff.

—Richard Lanham

What is the text no eyes have read?

—The author asked to remain anonymous, though he is a pretty fantastic guy.

Reading a book is free, but possessing one is costly.

Reading a book is free, but possessing one is costly.

Teaching writing to students is like revealing how magic tricks are done.

—Jimmy Butts

In order to learn to write, we must first write to learn.

—Sharon Henry

Double Dagger live at Floristree - “Surrealist Composition with Your Face”

He nudged the word; it needed tweaking.

It stultified, dignified.

It was not his word; his drink was speaking.

—Curtis Newbold