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12/6/09 | 03:33 pm



NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

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Sashimono (Personal Flag) of Sakakibara Yasumasa
Momoyama period, 17th century
(Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)

A sashimono (personal flag) was worn on a slender bamboo pole fixed to the backplate of a soldier's armor, identifying him or the family he served. Sakakibara Yasumasa's sashimono shows the sun with the character mu ("nothingness") in gold on a dark blue silk ground.

"That begins with an M, such as... muchness - you know you say things are 'much of a muchness' - did you ever see... a drawing of a muchness?"


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in those regions
of the wave
in which all reality dissolves

NOTHING
WILL HAVE TAKEN PLACE
BUT THE PLACE

EXCEPT
PERHAPS
A CONSTELLATION

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THE NEW NOTHING ASUNDER

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CODA
THIS NOW MAN

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The Snow Man
by
Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter
To regard the frost and the boughs
Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time
To behold the junipers shagged with ice,
The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think
Of any misery in the sound of the wind,
In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land
Full of the same wind
That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,
and, nothing himself, beholds
Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.


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