Marking Time Passing

One line from Brian Fawcett Permanent Relationships

dewwet morning

What is amazing here is the simplicity of the means (rearranging the inter-word spacing) and the richness of the suggestiveness thus generated. “Dewwet” evokes that moment where the droplets have begun to slide and form larger wholes — think of the slick on grass or the pattern of the condensation on a windshield of a car — the dewwet is a moment observed from later in the morning — at least, it is so if the new compound word is an image of what it describes. And by its precise attention to a moment in time it is attuned to process and the passage of time.

Another example from Whisk by Yoko’s Dogs (a writing collective composed of Jan Conn, Mary di Michele, Susan Gillis and Jane Munro)

all day snow falling
falling into the night

The reduplication of “falling” echoes the continuous movement of the snow and the carry over from ending one line and beginning the next adds to the continuous movement. It just doesn’t stop. Day and night are stretched.

And so for day 1220

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