Bafflegab by Stan Rogal

By Stan Rogal

A postmodern novel that follows a writer's trip via tradition, romantic relationships and literature.

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The sun is setting behind the mountains & shadows are mingling with the light. You'd like to join in the swimming but you don't want to give up the vantage of the shore. You must choose one over the other. Either way there will be some loss. How much better to develop the actor's craft, the ability to transcend realities via the objective eye. To portray many parts at once & make them breathe with life. To step outside & judge; to remain inside & feel. The actor's craft. The human craft. So you scribble down whatever it is you scribble down—words, phrases, nonsense—then, later, paste it together in your poetry.

Before, knew everyone. Now? Nothing familiar: music, decor, faces—even the smoke hangs differently—heavy, heavy, heavy; everything weighing against me, collapsing strange & awkward. Been years, I know. &. yet... I drink & 1 think, there must be a way. All 1 need is an entrance. A little introduction. The right combination of this-&-that, like: ice tinkling a glass, the burn of whiskey, the elevation of a hand to a certain height, the wrinkle of a nose, the twist of a lip, the angle of an eyebrow, the pointing of a finger in some 63 % particular fashion; gestures settling into place, taking their positions like characters in an old familiar movie.

Beyond Zen & its entering-into-becoming-one. To do a thing & to observe the doing simultaneously. As if filming yourself, you are the actor & the recorder. You perform the old horror trick of looking up & recognizing yourself in two places at once. Think about it. You stand on the shore while others swim. The sun is setting behind the mountains & shadows are mingling with the light. You'd like to join in the swimming but you don't want to give up the vantage of the shore. You must choose one over the other.

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