Thursday, September 16, 2010

Words of the Day: Metaphor & Transit / Occultations feature

Metaphor: 1530s, from M.Fr. metaphore, from L. metaphora, from Gk. metaphora "a transfer," especially of the sense of one word to a different word, lit. "a carrying over," from metapherein "transfer, transit, carry over," from meta- "over, across" (see meta-) + pherein "to carry, bear" 

A transit is the astronomical event that occurs when one celestial body appears to move across the face of another celestial body, as seen by an observer at some particular vantage point. A transit is the occultation of one celestial body moving in front of another.

Occultation: From Shia Islam. According to the last letter of Muhammad al-Mahdi to Ali ibn Muhammad al-Samarri "from the day of your death [the last deputy] the period of my major occultation (al ghaybatul kubra) will begin. Hence forth, no one will see me, unless and until Allah makes me appear. My reappearance will take place after a very long time when people will have grown tired of waiting and those who are weak in their faith will say: What! Is he still alive?"


Thanks much to Ron Silliman for featuring CA Conrad'sPhillySound feature on my new book Occultations, forthcoming work, etc. For all the work Conrad, Rob Halpern, Brenda Ijima, J. Townsend, Thom Donovan, & Jules Boykoff put into it, I'm glad to see it getting some air.  There's also links to other really good features, including a link to recordings of the Bay Area Labor Day celebration of, and discussion around, work & labor  - a gathering I posted about below; Bhanu Kapil on "duplicate territory"; and a fascinating conversation with Tyrone Williams. Check the content out. 

ps: check out CA Conrad's new Mina Loy (Soma)tic over at his (Soma)tic Poetry Exercises blog  HERE. Trying it out muself tomorrow.

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