"There are all the things people believe are true, and then there’s the truth."
- Edwin R. Field
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"There are all the things people believe are true, and then there’s the truth."

- Edwin R. Field

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The need to continually revise one’s own location in order to place oneself in the path of what one finds desirous or beautiful or dangerous, is the basic impulse underlying the actions of characters in every dramatic story. A character ACTS in order to increase his/her chances of landing the great white whale or simply getting back to Atlanta in time to watch the football game on Sunday afternoon. Everything that frustrates or interferes with these objectives constitutes the drama.

Billy Marshall Stoneking

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To be “original” doesn’t mean producing something totally new, something that hasn’t been expressed before. To be original is to produce something that’s present in everyone, but which no one else would’ve thought of expressing in just that way because no one else is you.

Billy Marshall Stoneking

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Hersey chocolate made its reputation on the fact that it never advertised. You’d never see a Hersey bar ad in a magazine, or a comic, or on TV - reason? they believed that the name, the brand, the consciousness of the customers was such that Hersey was synonymous with chocolate - and their sales proved it, year after year. Hell, even the town where the factory was located was called Hersey. Big business has a similar attitude about low income people - they just don’t believe that they need them, being rich is a brand - and the corporate shakers and movers bask in their self-imposed radience, loving the fact that they already have so much money, so much power, so much security (vide: cops, armies, bombs, etc) that nothing’s going to touch em. why advertise for jobs for the poor - why call any attention to the poor at all???
To work as a medium, channeling characters and stories, is to immerse yourself in a “show” that is being performed by some thing other than yourself, to acknowledge that there’s no way of entering a story other than surrendering to it, and allowing it to enter you. When when this happens, the usual demarcations that separate the dreamer from the dream are erased. In jettisoning the ego-centric “self that creates”, we surrender our need to manipulate and judge, and allow ourselves to be told by the story that is continually becoming present, not-yet.

Billy Marshall Stoneking

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Seek out those stories and characters in which and with whom your involvement and intimate relationship propels you towards a passionate engagement with life. Find the voices that speak to you most loudly, that remind you vividly of what you are here for, and follow those voices wherever they may lead.

Billy Marshall Stoneking

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I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.
— Rainer Maria Rilke

Canto XLV (“With Usura“)

For Ezra Pound’s Recitation (3:13), click here: MP3

With usura hath no man a house of good stone
each block cut smooth and well fitting that design might cover their face,
with usura
hath no man a painted paradise on his church wall
harpes et luthes
or where virgin receiveth message
and halo projects from incision,
with usura
seeth no man Gonzaga his heirs and his concubines
no picture is made to endure nor to live with
but it is made to sell and sell quickly
with usura, sin against nature,
is thy bread ever more of stale rags
is thy bread dry as paper
with no mountain wheat, no strong flour
with usura the line grows thick
with usura is no clear demarcation
and no man can find site for his dwelling.
stone cutter is kept from his stone
weaver is kept from his loom
WITH USURA
wool comes not to market
sheep bringeth no gain with usura
Usura is a murrain, usura
blunteth the needle in the maid’s hand
and stoppeth the spinner’s cunning. Pietro Lombardo
came not by usura
Duccio came not by usura nor Pier della Francesca; Zuan Bellin’ not by usura
nor was “La Calunnia” painted.
Came not by usura Angelico; came not Ambrogio Praedis,
Came no church of cut stone signed: Adamo me fecit.
Not by usura St. Trophime
Not by usura Saint Hilaire,
Usura rusteth the chisel
It rusteth the craft and the craftsman
It gnaweth the thread in the loom
None learneth to weave gold in her pattern;
Azure hath a canker by usura; cramoisi is unbroidered
Emerald findeth no Memling
Usura stayeth the young man’s courting
It hath brought the young bride and her bridegroom
CONTRA NATURAM
They have brought whores for Eleusis
Corpses are set to banquet
at behest of usura.

N.B. Usury: A charge for the use of purchasing power, levied without regard to production; often without regard to the possibilities of production. (Hence the failure of the Medici bank.)