(urth) fifth head owlet- wolf
marcaramini at yahoo.com
Mon Apr 1 16:47:46 PDT 2013
Well, there is the hand of port mimizon, the eye and other eye on st. Anne, and the odd scene when seven girls waiting picks a blue fruit off a tree and it is called st. Croix, but I don't think this imagery can work in anything except "a story", peritonitis style. Could it possibly be that allegorical, anthropomorphizing little mites and roots? I doubt it, all meaning would implode a bit.
The doubled pupil of the buck Marsch shoots is weird, though. Why is it doubled? In the middle of meiosis?
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On Apr 1, 2013, at 4:38 PM, David Stockhoff <dstockhoff at verizon.net> wrote:
> Could it be that the maggots and mites and hair are a kind of very Wolfean joke? Could the novel be interpreted on a completely different level involving human bodies as entire worlds?
> On 4/1/2013 9:55 AM, Marc Aramini wrote:
>> I guess I am now very interested in the life cycles of the various creatures on st. Anne. I find it no coincidence that one of the streets on st. Croix is named after maggots. VRT says " shadow children of course come to steal by evening, riding up in the bubbles and the foam from the springs- then my mother would not let me go out from beneath her hair" what kind of creature could ride up in bubbles and springs? Microscopic larvae or mites? Is this hair like a child nestled between roots?
>> Also in an interview, Marsch asks what VRT has seen with him and he says, "birds and animals and trees living, and the shadow children" a few lines before VRT breaks down in years. Marsch assumes the shadow children are the stars, but when he goes out he steps over "huge worms, luminous but of the livid color of a dead man's lips, writhe underfoot at night. ". Do the shadow children have a larval stage before they metamorphose?
>> Those leaves with pink seed eggs that the shadow children spit their white wives out of, and Sandwalker's dream that he is a naked worm of consciousness with his body vanished when he is almost swallowed by the other eye - perhaps the association with the shadow children has prompted that vision. larval stages will change drastically in the adult form.
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