Dove descending interior old Augustus Lutheran Church Sanctuary, founded by Henry Melchior Muhlenberg, c. 1743 Providence (Trappe) PA, 18 Sept 2012.

07 November 2012

Goodbye elimae

Elysian Basket. They used to say it was the revelation of the
world you saw when you lifted the cloth that covered the
 kiste, sacred chest, the kalathos, lidded basket. This came
 from the kiln the day I heard the news.
Returned from travels to 18th century Spain and Pennsylvania, future with the past, weddings and reunions with people never before met, I just saw elimae has uttered its last. More than one person will take note. Back up files, because others have been lost, show more than 20 articles from 2005 to 2012, some thirty five thousand words! Sometimes he would correspond about a piece which in turn provoked others, such as the Borges. Unintentionally he provided a cover as Don Esteban in the Giambattista Marino Blake and Borges letters, but was a little concerned at the notice. I couldn't get fiction by any of the other editors so took to calling it essays, fair since he called Wonk Yap an essay to get it palatable: "Writers shall speak of wong yaps and longsocks, begets of wog and bobbleys, of bogaries, facquis, lopi rotisseries and wacquiries! An egg will look like a gibbous moon." He was always full of irony. Of Jerusalem Blake, "Is this really a translation of a letter, or is this your metafiction?" Dryly, he accused the last, The Imagination of Los, of being poetry. A first essay about Socrates had opened the ball, but the second, GuapaSusan was a head he cut off its torso, suggesting at the time it could still be reunited, all in good humor, which started a run of appearances in the next five consecutive issues. That torso eventually landed in Ellen Parker's lap at Frigg. Some of those pieces Cooper actually liked, especially Pedro Escadero [from the deck of the Pedro Escadero] who he nominated for a PopTart, apologizing that nobody in the judging paid any attention to elimae or himself. He liked the Orcapoi too. Elimae's editorial statement that "elimae takes every opportunity to post work of quality and delight" shows the situation, and I am and always have been exceedingly grateful for it all and his friendly demeanor. Sometimes these would appear a couple days after they were sent, a fabulous thing. I first found elimae in a list at Zafusy in a call for travel articles. My last words in the last article on The Imagination of Los remain my last words to him.

-Stick Up! [How To Make a Mennonite Sing]

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