Alex Caldiero: Conceptual

In small black print at the bottom center of the inside back page of the slick white paper that envelopes the slightly smaller slick blue paper that bears the white words “this time they are clouds” above the center of the page, it says

this time they are clouds, © 2013 Alissandru (Alex) Caldiero

from A Map of the Winds (1973-74)

in SMALL THINGS (first and early poems)

A single staple, a flat line on the outside, and inside two legs folded in on themselves after having pierced both sheets in two places, is a binding metal presence at the center of  blue pages that reveal white pages and of white sheets that cover blue.

It’s all part of an enigma:

this time they are clouds

This time? There must have been “that time,” a previous time in which they were not clouds.

Clouds? What could they have been other than clouds?

They? What could be clouds after having not been clouds?

The answer, an answer, my answer here is suggested by the white of the letters of the statement floating above the center of the blue paper.

This time is the occasion of this work.

Clouds are what float white against blue.

They are words.

These white words here and now are meant visually rather than as abstractions. They are meant literally rather than as letters that suggest something else.

this time they are clouds

About Scott Abbott

Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University, 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I'm Director of the Program in Integrated Studies and former Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade), and translations of a book by Austrian author Peter Handke and of a catalogue of an exhibit called "The German Army and Genocide." More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as a watershed scientist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a corrections officer, as university students, and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett and our yellow dog Blue. Some publications at http://works.bepress.com/scott_abbott/
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