A Gesamtkunstwerk for My Brother
long and lank [G., f gesamt it was not
his hair lies total +kunst- always like this
along his werk work of once I could
unshaven jaw art.] In the have explained
he knots it aesthetic theory who Rilke was
he braids it of Richard Wagner but now
bedecks it (1813-83), an ideal there are
with rubber bands work of art in no others
and shining things which drama, for him;
chosen for color music, and other he is God
and conductivity performing arts and congregation
they plug him are integrated and archangel
into the mainline and each is and major
where Rilke’s subservient to prophet;
Teutonic angels the whole. is this love then
breathe into him . to profane
the names and Listener 6 Oct. this solipsistic
numbers of 517/3 Whether temple with
all living things Gascoyne saw his the labels and
this music poem in the light dull neutrals
is not for us of a Gesamtkunst- of lucidity, of
creatures of werk I’m not pharmacology?
mud and dust qualified to say. Is it love to
he directs the . rend the veil
leaves in A Supplement to and raze the
tabernacle choirs the Oxford English outer walls?
songs of pure Dictionary, vol. I, Is this love I
light and color A-G. Ed. R.W. ask myself
statues wholly Birchfield. Oxford: as I swear out the
sound the word At the Clarendon warrant?
all words Press, Is this love?
made flesh 1972. This is love.
Joanna Grant is a PhD candidate at the University of Rochester in upstate New York. The inspiration for these pieces came from contemplating the idea of “off-beat:” what it is, has been, or might be. This second piece is somewhat related to the first given that it features another character who is fused with the world, with the powers of the universe. This character, the brother, is more at the mercy of the forces he is deluded enough to think he controls. The form of this piece is another experiment, in which Joanna tries to replicate on the page something of the power of a Wagnerian chord.