Rewriting the Canon                        Download a pdf of this text for printing.

By Alicja Kwiatkowska 


Consider this: a single word, a chord

of stray morphemes, a dance of letters that

don't have a meaning. Touch them, caress their

empty form. For words can't feel unless you

pour into them your fears, your hopes. Dismiss

their past and for a while be blind, be mute,

and trust your fingertips. Perhaps you'll find

a soothing void, a peace of mind. It's time

that someone shaped the world anew. Start with

forgetting everything you know. From there

just let the words lead you. The map is yours.

You mark the trail. Now start by getting lost.