An English In Kentucky


















August 24th 2010    Tim Candler

    I sometimes think a square is a more comprehensible shape than a circle.  Shrink one line in a circle and a circle remains a circle.  Shrink one line in a square and a square changes.

   It is possible there is no such thing as a square or a circle.  In which case the exercise is one of imagining pure forms.  Seeing pure things change in a predictable manner.  In reality there might be no difference between a square and a circle, because in reality all things are primarily moving things.  

    I like the idea, "when a thing stops moving it ends."    But a circle or a square does not contain an idea of the great tapestry as movement.  Rather circles and squares describes moments in movement and tempt us with a purpose that is soothed by stillness. 

       All the same it is a huge mistake to join with the successful by assuming this movement is toward something.  Better to think of it as an aimless breeze and the will of living things is to sail against it. 

    And before the purists become irate, I'll tell you why I think this way.  When I first came to the United States, I thought the bloom of Honeysuckle the perfect circle, and Bermuda Grass the perfect square.  Honeysuckle hedging, I thought.  Creeping Grass turf, I thought.  What else could a mind want.

     Now more time than is healthy I spend in opposition to Honeysuckle and Bermuda Grass.

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