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Purgatory Lilt/ Statements by Circumstanced Me

by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

Original Source

Encoded documents and images are derived from manuscripts in the Papers of Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven in Special Collections at the University of Maryland, College Park, Libraries. In addition, individual pages or leaves of manuscripts are identified by the corresponding reel and frame numbers of the microfilm edition of the Freytag-Lorinhoven Papers.

Witness List

  • First: Reel 5, Frames 299 and 300
  • Second: Reel 5, Frame 301
  • Third: Reel 5, Frame 302
  • Fourth: Reel 5, Frames 303 to 305
  • Fifth: Reel 5, Frames 306 and 307
  • Sixth: Reel 5, Frames 308 to 309
  • Seventh: Reel 5, Frames 310 and 311
  • Eighth: Reel 5, Frames 312 to 314
  • Ninth: Reel 5, Frame 315
  • Tenth: Reel 5, Frame 316
  • Eleventh: Reel 5, Frames 317 and 318
  • Twelfth: Reel 5, Frames 235 and 236
  • Thirteenth: Reel 5, Frames 226 and 227

Textual Notes

Drafts of this poem occupy series 2, box 1, folder 5. The poem was written between 1923 and 1927. To the editor's knowledge, it has not been reprinted or published.

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X Critical Introduction

Critical Introduction

The tension between freedom of expression and censorship, between play and structure pervades her work. In particular, it is reflected in the Baroness’s commentary on Germany (which she equated with stultifying restriction) and America (which she associated with dynamic freedom). In 1923, after Little Review stopped publishing her work, the Baroness concluded that she was not appreciated in New York. She wrote to Barnes, “I have not become ‘known enough’ and so I am forgotten,” because “I had fame that kept me admired, jeered at, feared, and poor” (“Selections” 25, 26). As a result— with a loan from William Carlos Williams—Freytag-Loringhoven returned to Germany only to discover that her father had disinherited her. Until 1926, she was despondent, selling newspapers on the street in Berlin until Barnes and others raised enough money to send her to Paris where she subsequently died.

In post-war Berlin, the Baroness often reflected on what she looked back on as happier times in the states. Written during this period, the first lines of “Statements/Purgatory Lilt” reflect her opinion of Germany: "GERMANY’S REMAIN IS PERMEATED BY DECAY REEK THROUGHOUT. / EFFECT OF BRAINSTORMING BACKSLIDE—" while the poem concludes with her more hopeful perspective on America, which she has left behind forever. The concluding lines discuss the stifling air (“wheeze I”) the Baroness perceives in the atmosphere of post-war Germany. Germany’s architecture and its “ghosts” or culture is decaying, while in the “sweet soil” of America, she might take root and conceivably flourish. In an undated letter to Djuna Barnes from Germany she writes of her love for America:

IT IS ‘LIFE’ THERE—DOING—EVEN IF IN DEFIANCE OF MENTAL POVERTY BENEATH MASK OF GENIUS—FOR THE SAKE OF “MAKING A LIVING.” IT IS PLUCK! IT IS LIFE! THE GERMAN IS NOT EVEN CAPABLE OF IT! HE IS IN TRADITION ROTTEN SCHRUNKEN DIGNITY A DAPPER GRAVE—EXHAUSTED FOOL—WHO DIES OF “CONVICTION” WITHOUT TO KNOW WHAT ABOUT—HE HAS BECOME TOO COMFORTABLY DULL—HAS FORGOTTEN TO MOVE—FIGHT—EXCEPT IN THAT MECHANICAL WAR FASHION WITH WEAPONS (UMD).

Reflecting a Dadaist sensibility, the Baroness loves America because she perceives it is a culture not so mired in “dull,” no longer meaningful, traditions like those represented in many “old-world” religions. She perceives that it is a culture of action, a trait she admires.

In an another undated letter to Djuna Barnes, the Baroness writes, "COULD YOU NOT BRING THAT -- WHAT I TITLED "HELL'S WISDOM"? IT IS VERY PERSONALY

Alternate spelling: PERSONALLY
--AND AGAIN -- NOT - AT - ALL. -- JUST PRECISELY PRINTING OUT WHERE I STAND IN UNIVERSE -- AND WHY -- SO PRECARIOUSLY! DJUNA. BESIDES --IT IS CRISTALL IN STILE
Alternate spelling: STYLE
CONCISENESS - INFORMATION ! FOR WEEKS I WORKED ON NOTHING BUT THE STYLE OF THE THING. AND I LOVE THE ARITHMETIC IN IT! TOGETHER WITH YOUR PREFACE -- TRYING TO ARROUSE INTERREST
Alternate spelling: INTEREST
FOR ME -- HELP -- SYMPATHY (AND I NEED IT! HEAVEN HELP -- HOW I DO -- IN ORDER TO BE SAVED TO DO MY ART --FOR I CANNOT BE SAVED OTHERWISE OTHERWISE IS BLANKNESS --THAT MEANS NECESSARY DEATH! WITH YOUR GENEROUS PREFACE -- MY OWN DJUNA -- WOULD IT NOT BE WONDERFULL
Alternate spelling: WONDERFUL
TOGETHER? i WONDER -- YOU DID NOT THINK OF IT. THATN THERE IS THAT: "PURGATORY LILT." PROVING MY DEVOTION TO AMERICA -- AND THE ROTTING -- YOU SEE -- I AM DERANGED -- DJUNA -- TEMPORARELY
Alternate spelling: TEMPORARILY
BECAUSE I _KNOW IT_ - AS MY MOTHER DID - WHEN SHE WAS - SHE KNEW SHE WAS NOT CRAZY - _BUT SHE_s ALSO KNEW - SHE WAS ASTRAY - UNCOLLECTED IN MIND. I CANNOT CONCENTRATE TO CREATE --MY MISERY INTRUDES UNSHAPED -- AS BEFORE --PAIN BECAME EXALTED SHAPE! I HAVE START OF MENTAL CANCER -- MUST GO MAD ON BARREN ROCK OF GERMANY GROS AGE STUPIDITY [. . .] (UMD 2.262-263)

XWitness
PURGATORY LILT c
THIS IS NOT A POEM BUT AN ESSAY - STATEMENT. MAYBE - IT WERE BETTER NOT TO PRINT IT IN THIS CUT FORM - PERPENDICULAR BUT IN USUAL SENTENCE LINE -- HORIZONTAL?
STATEMENTS STATEMENTSBY OF CRAZYCIRCUMSTANCED ME S . I .. I .STATEMENT BY CIRCUMSTANCED ME
II PURGATORY LILTHELL'S WISDOM
ALL WISDOM IS PROFOUNDLY TRIVIAL
LOVE IS GRAVITATION
GERMANYS
REMAIN
IS
PERMEATED
BY
DECAY REEK
THROUGHOUT.

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THE STROKES OR LINES ARE LONG AND SHORT SPACES BETWEEN WORDS AND SENTENCES --
EFFECT
OF
BRAIN SOFTENING BACKSLIDE -

 
TURNFACE
TURNFACE:

IMPUDENCE ASSUMED
FORWARDNESS -

GESTURE
?? IMPORTED -

UNRELATED
FOREIGN
TO
GERMAN
BUILD .

FUTURE WASHED
FACADE
UPON
ARCHITECTURE
CRUMBLING
SET .

CHEEKFLUSH
PAINTED
HECTIC
UPON
SEER
SPINES
SCULL -

CIRCULATION
BATED
SENILE .

RELICS
OF
CULTURE DIGNITY -

THAT

WAS

JUST

BETWIXT

DESOLATE

LOOM -

UPTORN

LIFE
APART .

VEINSEEPING

COUNTENANCE WANING

IN
BLASTCHILLS
WINTRY
SUN

GAUNT

FINAL

BLEAK.

GHOSTCRAZED
STIFFELD
Alternate spelling: STIFFLED
STIFF ELD
THRALL

WHEEZE
I :

SWERVE
LEAPING
BLOOD

OFF

ICECASTS
STUNNING NUMBING
SCALE CLIMB

IN
SWEET
SOIL
AMERICA

CLOVE
IT
ROOT

BELONGING.
E.V.F.L.
ALL OF GERMANY'SYY'S REMAINS ARE IS ARE ING IS PERMAEATED WBY ??BY WITH STENCH OF ROTTING OF DECAY DISSOLUTION DECAYDISSOLUTION REEK OF THROUGH BY BLAST BY EITHER DULL ALSO OF EITHER DULL THROUGHOUT .
EFFECT OF BRAIN SOFTENINGS OF BRAINS NUMBNESS BACK BACKWARDNESS - OR SLIDE MOVE - - NUMBNESS - BY CULTURE STAGNATION UTTER - UPDULLNESS ITS DULLNESS -
TURN FACE COUNTENANCE :UNBASED MIMICKED QUICK SPEED MIMICRY UNBASED SPEED MIMICRY - MIND GESTURE UNBASED UPON FOREIGN - IMPUDENCETLYUNREAL STOLENIMPUDENT TO ASSUMED ASSUMED FORWARDNESS - MINDGESTURE - IMPORTED - IMPUDENT FORWARDNESS - RELATION LESS - ASSUMED MIND ??MINDFOREIGN GESTURE OF FOREIGNNONE RESIDENT OFUNRELATED UNREAL - - FOREIGN UNREAL TO GERMAN STRUCTURE BODY SOUL MIND BUILD .
PAINTED - JUST AS DULL BACKWARD FUTURE WASHED CALLOMINED PAINTED SCULL OF MUMMY WASHED MUMMY SCULLFACADE UPON CRUMBLING ARCHITECTURE CRUMBLING SET -
note
This line appears in the manuscript as "HECTIC PAINTED CHEEKFLUSH UPON DRY SPINES WRY SCULL" but it appears here in the order by which the author has numbered the words in the manuscript version.
CHEEKFLUSH HECTICHECTIC ARTIFICEALYE FLUSHED PAINTED CHEEK??HECTIC UPON UPONOF HECTIC SCULL DEATHSCULL OF BROKEN WITHERED SEEREDWRY ?? SPINES SCULL FEATURE BLOWN SCULL
Alternate spelling: SKULL
DRY SPINES -
LIFE ALL CIRCULATION STOPPED RECEDING BATED SENILE . DEATH DEATH - ALL PROGRESS UNDER GAGGED. BETWEEN LOOM
BETWIXT LOOM RELICS OF PAST CULTURES PASTD DIGNITY - DECENCY OF PAST - THAT WAS - DESOLETE JUST - REAL -
note
This line appears in the manuscript as "LOOM DESOLATE BETWIXT" but it appears here in the order by which the author has numbered the words in the manuscript version.
DESOLATE - BETWIXT - DESOLATE DESOLETE. - LOOM UNNURISHED
Alternate spelling: UNNOURISHED
-
. UPTORN - .
UPTORNUPTORN
UNNOURISHED - UNURISHED
Alternate spelling: UNNOURISHED
STARVING - LIFE LIFE APART . -
FACE FEATURE COUNTENANCE FACE WANING - VEIN SEEPING - COUNTENANCE WANING - - WEEPING - IN CHILL BLASTCHILLS OF WINTRY SEASONSEASON SOILSUN . -
GAUNTDROOPING DESOLATE GAUNT DESOLATION - FINAL BLEAK - FINAL
 
??
FINALFAMISHEDnote
This line appears in the manuscript as "DESOLATIONS BLEAK SCAPE" but it appears here in the order by which the author has numbered the words in the manuscript version.
DESOLATIONS
SCAPE
BLEAK. FROM ICE PALL
INFROM STIFFLED APPALLED IN STIFFLED INFROST FAMINE - DIZZY IGO BYWITH - WITH HUNGER - COLD - FAMINE NEDSHEDDIZZENEDSHEDNEDGHOSTI FEAR CRAZED FEVERISH SCREAM STIFFLED PALL - FROM ICE PALLTHRALL
HOWLS WHEEZE STUNNED STUNNED GAUNTFEVERISH BECK FRENZIED: I :SIGNALSHIVERING FEVERISH STIFF NUMBSHRIEK BECKFEVERISH FRENZIED I note
This section of this version, beginnning with "ICE PALL" is reiterated below in an added span of text.
FEEVERISH - NUMB
SWERVE EASE SWERVING SWERVE LEAPING HELP MY YOUNG JUMPING SWEEP SCURRYING SHRIEKING SHRIEKING I SAVE MY YOUND RED SPROUTING FLURRING BLOOD S DISSOLVING STIFFENING CLOTTING STIFFTHINNING STIFFENING CLOTTED
FROM BEING NUMBED ICE DEADICEOFF ?? CASTS STIFFSLUGGISH CLOTTING DREAD ASCENDING ICE FLUES CASTS TREAT DREAD SCALING SCALING STUNNING SCALE PALL DISSOVLING SUSPENSION ICE FLOES WASTE ?? CLIME
TREATENING SUSPENSIONCORPSRIGIDITYS' SLUGGISH DISSOLUTION STIFF CORPSE DISSOLUTION CIRCULATIONTHICKENING CLASP GAGGING GRIP
I ROOTED YOUNG IN YOU FRESH SWEET YOUNG SOIL AMERIKA AMERICA .
TOOKCLOVE IT ROOTROT.
BELONGING BELONGING.
LONG RIGHT.
 
FROM ICE PALL GHOSTCRAZED
 
FROST FAMISHED
 
BECK FRENZIED I
 
FEVERISH NUMB
 
FROM ICE PALL
 
SWEEP DIS THINNING STIFF CLOTTING SHRIEKING BLOOD
 
OFF CIRCULATION GAGG
 
IN SWEET SOIL AMERICA
 
CLOVE IT ROOT
 
BELONGING.
ASSEMBLED. BLOODCHURNING SENSE SWINGING CHAOSWHEEL LIFEPUTAFORE BETWIXT -DEATH TARGET SPOT SHOT SCALE FIX WHEELTURN CIRCLE CLOSE OF EVER NIL END START NILS EVER CLOSING REVOLVING CLOSE - NEVER STANDING BREAK
NO END NO- STARTTHAT I AM OF -
POPULATED VACUUMAM
FIGURED CIRCLEI CARE NOT
CIPHER NIL
MY "DERANGEMENT"INSANITY CRAZINESS IS MY CONSISTS IN DWELLS INSANITY (DERANGEMENT) CONSISTS DWELLS CONSISTS IN ITS REMAINS ABSENT ABSENCE - NOT BEING IT CRAZY AS IT - UNDER THE EXISTING CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER EXISTING CIRCUMSTANCESS EXISTING IT - IT "NORMALY I SH "NORMALCY IT IT SHOULD BE PRESENT. OBLIGED TO YET IT LIES EXISTSEXISTS MERELYMAINTAINS MAINTAINS IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCE - SMERELY IT              THERE IT LIES BIDESRESIDES - THERE I LEAVE IT. MY MY - BEING IN MY RIGHT SENSES RIGHT - IS HIGH NORMAL HIGHT. IT - HIGHTS - BY COMMON - SENSE UNTENANTED BY COMMONS - THIS IN THATAS IT IS ABNORMAL - SINCE IT IN ISBEING UNCOMMONLY IT APPEARS STRANGE - IT PRESENTS STRANGE - AS GENIUS DOES DOES- UNCOMPANIONED. I AM NOT VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE I AM NOT - AS I AM NO CITIZEN OF DWELLER OF. DWELLER IN. . SINCE TO FOR ME - TO BECOME TOUCHED ABLE - TOUCHABLEY EY - Y - BY CIRCUMSTANCE - ??NORMAL TO TO HABITATION TOOFOTHERS PAST HAUNTSVACANT VACUOUS SPECTRES OF PASTS RETREATPASTS RETREATING SUBSTANCE PAST - NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCE - SHOULD SO BE SO REVOLTINGLY HENCE AM I ABNORMAL - NOT WITHOUT BEING CRAZY .TO CAUSING AS TO CAUSE - TO DEGREE AS TOEVOKE CAUSE REVULSION REVOLUTION TODEGREE TO THAN EVOK - PROVOKING INSTANT INSTANT INSANITY - . WITHIN ME, HENCE I AM UNTOUCHABLY IMMATERIAL TO CIRCUMSTANCE TABOO -PROTECTED ??THERE FROM THAT WHENCE THUSLY, WHENCE I AMWENCE THUS AM I PROTECTED FROM FROM - CIRCUMSTANCE CONTAGION BY ??RADIUS OF - RADIUS OF RADIUS OF SPIRITUAL EMANATION . RADIUS FROM CIRCUMSTANCE CONTAGIONS INFLUENCE. TO CIRCUMSTANCE I AM IMMATERIAL - AS IS OR CIRCUMSTANCE TO ME. DIAMETRICALY OPPOSEDDIAMETRICALY OPPOSED ANTIPODES - DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED - STAND note
This section starting "AS CIRCUMSTANCE . . ." and ending with " . . . EACH OTHER ALONE" appears at the bottom of this manuscript page. I include it here to serve as a comparison with the same lines in the a different version (va8).
AS CIRCUMSTANCE IS TO ME -
A - PART WE ARE THERE IS RIFT. I AM APROSTITUTIONALLY IDLE - USELESS - BY CIRCUMSTANCE NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITH ME. USELESS TO CIRCUMSTANCE - NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITH ME - ALONE OFF WE LEAVE STAND FROM OFF EACH OTHER ALONE - .HENCE I AM CHARMED ALOFT BY PERSONAL ATHMOSPHERE SHROUDED - ENHANCED LIGHTED - CHARMED ALOFT LOFTY AWAY - LONE LOFTY LONE - I ! ENHANCED - SHROUDED EARTH . SURROU BY ENHANCED - SHROUDED EARTH I LIVE OUT OF CIRCUMSTANCE I LIVE SURROUNDED REMOVED CHARMED AWAY BY OWN ATMOSPHERE SHROUDED ENHANCED LIGHTED - EARTH TOTOOWN MINESELF -+ MINSELFSMINE SELFS OWN MINESELF - ?? - OUT - OF CIRCUMSTANCE EARTH TO OWN MINESELF - CIRCUMSTANCE DIVORCED - LIKE COSMIC STAR - EARTH TO MY ING OWN MINEMYSELF . AM OUT OF CIRCUMSTANCE - E R- VOLVE REVOLVE EVOLVE - VOLVE REVOLVE - EVOLVE - ??I DO - BY OWN STARSTARCIRCUMSTANCE DIVORCED CIRCUMSTANCE ELIMINATES ME. I AM CIRCUMSTANTIAL OUTCAST SHAPED PRIDE STYGMATIZED - OUTCAST FROM CIRCUMSTANCED WORLD I AM PRESS - .PRESSSURE - PRESSURE PRESSI AM.I AMTHAT ISBY STARSHAPED PRIDE OUTCAST - BY PRIDE OF MINE VERY OWN SHAPE - FORBIDDEN STYGMATIZED .STYGMATIZED - VOLVE S REVOLVES EVOLVES - ETHAT IS SOCIALY INSANE - NOTRARE COSMICALY SANE MYSELF. VISABLE FLESHMOLD COSMOS RESIDING BY PINT VIRTUE OF CHARACTER HIGH SANE. THAT IS SOCIAL INSANITY - COSMIC SANITY - .SINCE ??VISIBLE IN IN FLESH MOLD IS NOT HEREABOUT- YET - I AM NOT . - AM NOT I HERE - RESIDENTIAL COSMIC I HERE PRESENT - . COSMIC SANITY. WITHIN COSMOS I DWELL I AM - AS UNEARTHY COSMIC RESIDENT . - RESIDENTUNEARTHY COSMIC WHATWHAT DOES THAT THAT MEANS THAT ?MEANING :
GREAT HEAVY SUBLIME RESPONSIBILITY - SUBLIME
STRENGHT CAPACITY CAPACITY TO MEASURE.
BLISS OFOR - DAMNATION S CIRCULATING. - PREDOMINATELY ALTERNATING - ALTERNATING - CIRCULATINGON - UNTILL EQUILIBRIUM EQUILIBRIUMS - ATTAINEMENT : CIRCLE ATTAINED ATTAINED IS MY MEASURE MINE. SWAY - BALANCE - SCALEFIX .EDSCALE FIXED BY SCALE BY
SOLUTION PERFECTPERFECTPERFECT OF TWO IN IN TO ONE 2: 1 TWO IN ONE IS NIL 2 : 1 = 0 = 0 (NIL) TWO IN ONE IS NIL 2 : 1 = 0 TWO IN ONE 2 = 1 ACCORDING- ALL IN NIL = .
URSTATE - LIFTED BRILLIANT BY SACRIFSUBLIMATEDLYRAISED RAISED REFINEDLIFTED SUBLIMERAISEDLIFTED REFINED SUBLIME ELEVATED SUBLIMATED BY FLUCTUATINGBLOOD SACRFICIAL POWER FLUX : SACRIFICIAL FLUCTUATINGPOWER FLUX POTENCYS BY BLOOD P SACRIFICES FLUCTUATION SACRIFICIAL SPIRIT EMANATION SUFFUSED RADIANCES SUFFUSION ATTAINEMENT SACRFICIAL POWER FLUX ATTAINED SUFFUSED. SUFFUSION . FOUNT - LIGHTVORTEX. - FOUNT. LIGHT EQUALS LIGHT.SUN - IT START -TRAVEL - IMPULSE RISE MOTION ELEVATIONRISE ARRIVALRISE CRESTIMPULSE - MOTION - TOP TOP SUN - IT. ROUND ONEELEVATION - RISE TRAVEL - RISE - ELEVATION - ARRIVAL ARRIVAL - PINNACLE SUMMIT CREST STOP ARRIVALPINNACLESUMMIT - PINNACLE SUN - IT - ROUND ONE - CIRCLE - ALL NIL - SCALE MIDDLEBALANCE AS INFIX. UNITS - EJECTING INTAKE VIBRATING STABILITY URSTATE ARRIVED ACHIEVED MATTTER -AT EVER HIGHER LEVEL PUT - STATIONED HIGHER INCESSANT ??UNTIL GRADED UNTO - SCALE BALANCE : CRISTAL STATEFACTS ABLAZE RADIANCE FOR RADIANCE SELFS SPIRIT ETAPEBLAZE: CIRCLE NILS PURE LIGHT CAUSELESS PURITYGRADED. GRADED CIRCLE CIRCLE:INTO ONE (1) ONE IN AND ALL ISNIL CIRCLE : - - -LIGHT PURE. ONE + ALL = CIRCLE - 1 + XX X = 0 ALL IN ONE IS NILNIL
ROUND
XXX : 1 = 0 =NIL . NIL =IS ALL SUM 0 = XXX(0
NIL
=0
ALL
) ALL SUM IS IN NIL XXX = : 0
LIFE CONQUERED LIFE CONQUERED - MUST COM TURN TO NIL. (0
ALL
=0
NIL
) EMOTION SOLVED SOLVED LIFE -LIFE CONQUERED -
UNITED - GOD . ALL IN ONE MIDDLE NAVEL. ALLUNITED RETURNS TO ALL SUMNIL:ASSEMBLED MEASURELESS LIMITLESSMEASURELESS LIMITLESS NAVEL ONE . - URFIGURE - SHAPELESS ETERNITY PREGNANCY ROUND SHAPELESS FATHER CHILDREN REJOIN TO WOMB FROM THENCE TO IMPULSE STIR CHILD FATHEREMOTION SOLVED - LIFE ABSOLVED ASSEMBLED GOD - URSHAPE MEASURELESS LIMITLESS CIRCLE CIRCLE NAVEL CIRCLE NIL . BETWIXT ??LIFES : BLOODSWING - SENSE : BLOOD SWIRL TURN SENSE LIFESWING SENSE SENSESWING SCALEWHEEL LIFE LIFE SWING BLOODTURN CAHOSSWING MIDDLE SHOT SCALE UNTIL: CHAOS BALANCES SHOT SHOT CHAOS BALANCE . MIDDLE SPOT PIERCED HIT EQUILIBRIUMS RADIATING - : DASHING SHOT FIXED SP TARGET FIXED SPOT SWIRRL note
There is another page associated with this version in the microfilm but it does not appear related to this poem.
RADIATION SCALE FIX CIRCLE. RADIANCE ADASH note
ALL WISDOM IS PROFOUNDLY TRIVIAL LOVE IS ALL-GRAVITATION
These same lines appear in the heading note to Version 12 "Hell's Wisdom"
XWitness
PURGATORY LILT c
THIS IS NOT A POEM BUT AN ESSAY - STATEMENT. MAYBE - IT WERE BETTER NOT TO PRINT IT IN THIS CUT FORM - PERPENDICULAR BUT IN USUAL SENTENCE LINE -- HORIZONTAL?
STATEMENTS STATEMENTSBY OF CRAZYCIRCUMSTANCED ME S . I .. I .STATEMENT BY CIRCUMSTANCED ME
II PURGATORY LILTHELL'S WISDOM
ALL WISDOM IS PROFOUNDLY TRIVIAL
LOVE IS GRAVITATION
GERMANYS
REMAIN
IS
PERMEATED
BY
DECAY REEK
THROUGHOUT.

c
THE STROKES OR LINES ARE LONG AND SHORT SPACES BETWEEN WORDS AND SENTENCES --
EFFECT
OF
BRAIN SOFTENING BACKSLIDE -

 
TURNFACE
TURNFACE:

IMPUDENCE ASSUMED
FORWARDNESS -

GESTURE
?? IMPORTED -

UNRELATED
FOREIGN
TO
GERMAN
BUILD .

FUTURE WASHED
FACADE
UPON
ARCHITECTURE
CRUMBLING
SET .

CHEEKFLUSH
PAINTED
HECTIC
UPON
SEER
SPINES
SCULL -

CIRCULATION
BATED
SENILE .

RELICS
OF
CULTURE DIGNITY -

THAT

WAS

JUST

BETWIXT

DESOLATE

LOOM -

UPTORN

LIFE
APART .

VEINSEEPING

COUNTENANCE WANING

IN
BLASTCHILLS
WINTRY
SUN

GAUNT

FINAL

BLEAK.

GHOSTCRAZED
STIFFELD
Alternate spelling: STIFFLED
STIFF ELD
THRALL

WHEEZE
I :

SWERVE
LEAPING
BLOOD

OFF

ICECASTS
STUNNING NUMBING
SCALE CLIMB

IN
SWEET
SOIL
AMERICA

CLOVE
IT
ROOT

BELONGING.
E.V.F.L.
ALL OF GERMANY'SYY'S REMAINS ARE IS ARE ING IS PERMAEATED WBY ??BY WITH STENCH OF ROTTING OF DECAY DISSOLUTION DECAYDISSOLUTION REEK OF THROUGH BY BLAST BY EITHER DULL ALSO OF EITHER DULL THROUGHOUT .
EFFECT OF BRAIN SOFTENINGS OF BRAINS NUMBNESS BACK BACKWARDNESS - OR SLIDE MOVE - - NUMBNESS - BY CULTURE STAGNATION UTTER - UPDULLNESS ITS DULLNESS -
TURN FACE COUNTENANCE :UNBASED MIMICKED QUICK SPEED MIMICRY UNBASED SPEED MIMICRY - MIND GESTURE UNBASED UPON FOREIGN - IMPUDENCETLYUNREAL STOLENIMPUDENT TO ASSUMED ASSUMED FORWARDNESS - MINDGESTURE - IMPORTED - IMPUDENT FORWARDNESS - RELATION LESS - ASSUMED MIND ??MINDFOREIGN GESTURE OF FOREIGNNONE RESIDENT OFUNRELATED UNREAL - - FOREIGN UNREAL TO GERMAN STRUCTURE BODY SOUL MIND BUILD .
PAINTED - JUST AS DULL BACKWARD FUTURE WASHED CALLOMINED PAINTED SCULL OF MUMMY WASHED MUMMY SCULLFACADE UPON CRUMBLING ARCHITECTURE CRUMBLING SET -
note
This line appears in the manuscript as "HECTIC PAINTED CHEEKFLUSH UPON DRY SPINES WRY SCULL" but it appears here in the order by which the author has numbered the words in the manuscript version.
CHEEKFLUSH HECTICHECTIC ARTIFICEALYE FLUSHED PAINTED CHEEK??HECTIC UPON UPONOF HECTIC SCULL DEATHSCULL OF BROKEN WITHERED SEEREDWRY ?? SPINES SCULL FEATURE BLOWN SCULL
Alternate spelling: SKULL
DRY SPINES -
LIFE ALL CIRCULATION STOPPED RECEDING BATED SENILE . DEATH DEATH - ALL PROGRESS UNDER GAGGED. BETWEEN LOOM
BETWIXT LOOM RELICS OF PAST CULTURES PASTD DIGNITY - DECENCY OF PAST - THAT WAS - DESOLETE JUST - REAL -
note
This line appears in the manuscript as "LOOM DESOLATE BETWIXT" but it appears here in the order by which the author has numbered the words in the manuscript version.
DESOLATE - BETWIXT - DESOLATE DESOLETE. - LOOM UNNURISHED
Alternate spelling: UNNOURISHED
-
. UPTORN - .
UPTORNUPTORN
UNNOURISHED - UNURISHED
Alternate spelling: UNNOURISHED
STARVING - LIFE LIFE APART . -
FACE FEATURE COUNTENANCE FACE WANING - VEIN SEEPING - COUNTENANCE WANING - - WEEPING - IN CHILL BLASTCHILLS OF WINTRY SEASONSEASON SOILSUN . -
GAUNTDROOPING DESOLATE GAUNT DESOLATION - FINAL BLEAK - FINAL
 
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FINALFAMISHEDnote
This line appears in the manuscript as "DESOLATIONS BLEAK SCAPE" but it appears here in the order by which the author has numbered the words in the manuscript version.
DESOLATIONS
SCAPE
BLEAK. FROM ICE PALL
INFROM STIFFLED APPALLED IN STIFFLED INFROST FAMINE - DIZZY IGO BYWITH - WITH HUNGER - COLD - FAMINE NEDSHEDDIZZENEDSHEDNEDGHOSTI FEAR CRAZED FEVERISH SCREAM STIFFLED PALL - FROM ICE PALLTHRALL
HOWLS WHEEZE STUNNED STUNNED GAUNTFEVERISH BECK FRENZIED: I :SIGNALSHIVERING FEVERISH STIFF NUMBSHRIEK BECKFEVERISH FRENZIED I note
This section of this version, beginnning with "ICE PALL" is reiterated below in an added span of text.
FEEVERISH - NUMB
SWERVE EASE SWERVING SWERVE LEAPING HELP MY YOUNG JUMPING SWEEP SCURRYING SHRIEKING SHRIEKING I SAVE MY YOUND RED SPROUTING FLURRING BLOOD S DISSOLVING STIFFENING CLOTTING STIFFTHINNING STIFFENING CLOTTED
FROM BEING NUMBED ICE DEADICEOFF ?? CASTS STIFFSLUGGISH CLOTTING DREAD ASCENDING ICE FLUES CASTS TREAT DREAD SCALING SCALING STUNNING SCALE PALL DISSOVLING SUSPENSION ICE FLOES WASTE ?? CLIME
TREATENING SUSPENSIONCORPSRIGIDITYS' SLUGGISH DISSOLUTION STIFF CORPSE DISSOLUTION CIRCULATIONTHICKENING CLASP GAGGING GRIP
I ROOTED YOUNG IN YOU FRESH SWEET YOUNG SOIL AMERIKA AMERICA .
TOOKCLOVE IT ROOTROT.
BELONGING BELONGING.
LONG RIGHT.
 
FROM ICE PALL GHOSTCRAZED
 
FROST FAMISHED
 
BECK FRENZIED I
 
FEVERISH NUMB
 
FROM ICE PALL
 
SWEEP DIS THINNING STIFF CLOTTING SHRIEKING BLOOD
 
OFF CIRCULATION GAGG
 
IN SWEET SOIL AMERICA
 
CLOVE IT ROOT
 
BELONGING.
ASSEMBLED. BLOODCHURNING SENSE SWINGING CHAOSWHEEL LIFEPUTAFORE BETWIXT -DEATH TARGET SPOT SHOT SCALE FIX WHEELTURN CIRCLE CLOSE OF EVER NIL END START NILS EVER CLOSING REVOLVING CLOSE - NEVER STANDING BREAK
NO END NO- STARTTHAT I AM OF -
POPULATED VACUUMAM
FIGURED CIRCLEI CARE NOT
CIPHER NIL
MY "DERANGEMENT"INSANITY CRAZINESS IS MY CONSISTS IN DWELLS INSANITY (DERANGEMENT) CONSISTS DWELLS CONSISTS IN ITS REMAINS ABSENT ABSENCE - NOT BEING IT CRAZY AS IT - UNDER THE EXISTING CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER EXISTING CIRCUMSTANCESS EXISTING IT - IT "NORMALY I SH "NORMALCY IT IT SHOULD BE PRESENT. OBLIGED TO YET IT LIES EXISTSEXISTS MERELYMAINTAINS MAINTAINS IN PRESENT CIRCUMSTANCE - SMERELY IT              THERE IT LIES BIDESRESIDES - THERE I LEAVE IT. MY MY - BEING IN MY RIGHT SENSES RIGHT - IS HIGH NORMAL HIGHT. IT - HIGHTS - BY COMMON - SENSE UNTENANTED BY COMMONS - THIS IN THATAS IT IS ABNORMAL - SINCE IT IN ISBEING UNCOMMONLY IT APPEARS STRANGE - IT PRESENTS STRANGE - AS GENIUS DOES DOES- UNCOMPANIONED. I AM NOT VICTIM OF CIRCUMSTANCE I AM NOT - AS I AM NO CITIZEN OF DWELLER OF. DWELLER IN. . SINCE TO FOR ME - TO BECOME TOUCHED ABLE - TOUCHABLEY EY - Y - BY CIRCUMSTANCE - ??NORMAL TO TO HABITATION TOOFOTHERS PAST HAUNTSVACANT VACUOUS SPECTRES OF PASTS RETREATPASTS RETREATING SUBSTANCE PAST - NORMAL CIRCUMSTANCE - SHOULD SO BE SO REVOLTINGLY HENCE AM I ABNORMAL - NOT WITHOUT BEING CRAZY .TO CAUSING AS TO CAUSE - TO DEGREE AS TOEVOKE CAUSE REVULSION REVOLUTION TODEGREE TO THAN EVOK - PROVOKING INSTANT INSTANT INSANITY - . WITHIN ME, HENCE I AM UNTOUCHABLY IMMATERIAL TO CIRCUMSTANCE TABOO -PROTECTED ??THERE FROM THAT WHENCE THUSLY, WHENCE I AMWENCE THUS AM I PROTECTED FROM FROM - CIRCUMSTANCE CONTAGION BY ??RADIUS OF - RADIUS OF RADIUS OF SPIRITUAL EMANATION . RADIUS FROM CIRCUMSTANCE CONTAGIONS INFLUENCE. TO CIRCUMSTANCE I AM IMMATERIAL - AS IS OR CIRCUMSTANCE TO ME. DIAMETRICALY OPPOSEDDIAMETRICALY OPPOSED ANTIPODES - DIAMETRICALLY OPPOSED - STAND note
This section starting "AS CIRCUMSTANCE . . ." and ending with " . . . EACH OTHER ALONE" appears at the bottom of this manuscript page. I include it here to serve as a comparison with the same lines in the a different version (va8).
AS CIRCUMSTANCE IS TO ME -
A - PART WE ARE THERE IS RIFT. I AM APROSTITUTIONALLY IDLE - USELESS - BY CIRCUMSTANCE NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITH ME. USELESS TO CIRCUMSTANCE - NOTHING CAN BE DONE WITH ME - ALONE OFF WE LEAVE STAND FROM OFF EACH OTHER ALONE - .HENCE I AM CHARMED ALOFT BY PERSONAL ATHMOSPHERE SHROUDED - ENHANCED LIGHTED - CHARMED ALOFT LOFTY AWAY - LONE LOFTY LONE - I ! ENHANCED - SHROUDED EARTH . SURROU BY ENHANCED - SHROUDED EARTH I LIVE OUT OF CIRCUMSTANCE I LIVE SURROUNDED REMOVED CHARMED AWAY BY OWN ATMOSPHERE SHROUDED ENHANCED LIGHTED - EARTH TOTOOWN MINESELF -+ MINSELFSMINE SELFS OWN MINESELF - ?? - OUT - OF CIRCUMSTANCE EARTH TO OWN MINESELF - CIRCUMSTANCE DIVORCED - LIKE COSMIC STAR - EARTH TO MY ING OWN MINEMYSELF . AM OUT OF CIRCUMSTANCE - E R- VOLVE REVOLVE EVOLVE - VOLVE REVOLVE - EVOLVE - ??I DO - BY OWN STARSTARCIRCUMSTANCE DIVORCED CIRCUMSTANCE ELIMINATES ME. I AM CIRCUMSTANTIAL OUTCAST SHAPED PRIDE STYGMATIZED - OUTCAST FROM CIRCUMSTANCED WORLD I AM PRESS - .PRESSSURE - PRESSURE PRESSI AM.I AMTHAT ISBY STARSHAPED PRIDE OUTCAST - BY PRIDE OF MINE VERY OWN SHAPE - FORBIDDEN STYGMATIZED .STYGMATIZED - VOLVE S REVOLVES EVOLVES - ETHAT IS SOCIALY INSANE - NOTRARE COSMICALY SANE MYSELF. VISABLE FLESHMOLD COSMOS RESIDING BY PINT VIRTUE OF CHARACTER HIGH SANE. THAT IS SOCIAL INSANITY - COSMIC SANITY - .SINCE ??VISIBLE IN IN FLESH MOLD IS NOT HEREABOUT- YET - I AM NOT . - AM NOT I HERE - RESIDENTIAL COSMIC I HERE PRESENT - . COSMIC SANITY. WITHIN COSMOS I DWELL I AM - AS UNEARTHY COSMIC RESIDENT . - RESIDENTUNEARTHY COSMIC WHATWHAT DOES THAT THAT MEANS THAT ?MEANING :
GREAT HEAVY SUBLIME RESPONSIBILITY - SUBLIME
STRENGHT CAPACITY CAPACITY TO MEASURE.
BLISS OFOR - DAMNATION S CIRCULATING. - PREDOMINATELY ALTERNATING - ALTERNATING - CIRCULATINGON - UNTILL EQUILIBRIUM EQUILIBRIUMS - ATTAINEMENT : CIRCLE ATTAINED ATTAINED IS MY MEASURE MINE. SWAY - BALANCE - SCALEFIX .EDSCALE FIXED BY SCALE BY
SOLUTION PERFECTPERFECTPERFECT OF TWO IN IN TO ONE 2: 1 TWO IN ONE IS NIL 2 : 1 = 0 = 0 (NIL) TWO IN ONE IS NIL 2 : 1 = 0 TWO IN ONE 2 = 1 ACCORDING- ALL IN NIL = .
URSTATE - LIFTED BRILLIANT BY SACRIFSUBLIMATEDLYRAISED RAISED REFINEDLIFTED SUBLIMERAISEDLIFTED REFINED SUBLIME ELEVATED SUBLIMATED BY FLUCTUATINGBLOOD SACRFICIAL POWER FLUX : SACRIFICIAL FLUCTUATINGPOWER FLUX POTENCYS BY BLOOD P SACRIFICES FLUCTUATION SACRIFICIAL SPIRIT EMANATION SUFFUSED RADIANCES SUFFUSION ATTAINEMENT SACRFICIAL POWER FLUX ATTAINED SUFFUSED. SUFFUSION . FOUNT - LIGHTVORTEX. - FOUNT. LIGHT EQUALS LIGHT.SUN - IT START -TRAVEL - IMPULSE RISE MOTION ELEVATIONRISE ARRIVALRISE CRESTIMPULSE - MOTION - TOP TOP SUN - IT. ROUND ONEELEVATION - RISE TRAVEL - RISE - ELEVATION - ARRIVAL ARRIVAL - PINNACLE SUMMIT CREST STOP ARRIVALPINNACLESUMMIT - PINNACLE SUN - IT - ROUND ONE - CIRCLE - ALL NIL - SCALE MIDDLEBALANCE AS INFIX. UNITS - EJECTING INTAKE VIBRATING STABILITY URSTATE ARRIVED ACHIEVED MATTTER -AT EVER HIGHER LEVEL PUT - STATIONED HIGHER INCESSANT ??UNTIL GRADED UNTO - SCALE BALANCE : CRISTAL STATEFACTS ABLAZE RADIANCE FOR RADIANCE SELFS SPIRIT ETAPEBLAZE: CIRCLE NILS PURE LIGHT CAUSELESS PURITYGRADED. GRADED CIRCLE CIRCLE:INTO ONE (1) ONE IN AND ALL ISNIL CIRCLE : - - -LIGHT PURE. ONE + ALL = CIRCLE - 1 + XX X = 0 ALL IN ONE IS NILNIL
ROUND
XXX : 1 = 0 =NIL . NIL =IS ALL SUM 0 = XXX(0
NIL
=0
ALL
) ALL SUM IS IN NIL XXX = : 0
LIFE CONQUERED LIFE CONQUERED - MUST COM TURN TO NIL. (0
ALL
=0
NIL
) EMOTION SOLVED SOLVED LIFE -LIFE CONQUERED -
UNITED - GOD . ALL IN ONE MIDDLE NAVEL. ALLUNITED RETURNS TO ALL SUMNIL:ASSEMBLED MEASURELESS LIMITLESSMEASURELESS LIMITLESS NAVEL ONE . - URFIGURE - SHAPELESS ETERNITY PREGNANCY ROUND SHAPELESS FATHER CHILDREN REJOIN TO WOMB FROM THENCE TO IMPULSE STIR CHILD FATHEREMOTION SOLVED - LIFE ABSOLVED ASSEMBLED GOD - URSHAPE MEASURELESS LIMITLESS CIRCLE CIRCLE NAVEL CIRCLE NIL . BETWIXT ??LIFES : BLOODSWING - SENSE : BLOOD SWIRL TURN SENSE LIFESWING SENSE SENSESWING SCALEWHEEL LIFE LIFE SWING BLOODTURN CAHOSSWING MIDDLE SHOT SCALE UNTIL: CHAOS BALANCES SHOT SHOT CHAOS BALANCE . MIDDLE SPOT PIERCED HIT EQUILIBRIUMS RADIATING - : DASHING SHOT FIXED SP TARGET FIXED SPOT SWIRRL note
There is another page associated with this version in the microfilm but it does not appear related to this poem.
RADIATION SCALE FIX CIRCLE. RADIANCE ADASH note
ALL WISDOM IS PROFOUNDLY TRIVIAL LOVE IS ALL-GRAVITATION
These same lines appear in the heading note to Version 12 "Hell's Wisdom"

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