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4: long ago there was a chinese encyclopedia that divided animals into these categories:
6: belonging to the emperor embalmed tame
8: suckling pigs sirens stray dogs
10: included in the present classification frenzied innumerable
12: drawn with a very fine camelhair brush et cetera having just broken the water pitcher that from a long way off look like flies.
14: this is the land of cardalicakes where artists explore the map of being that others fear to visit.
16: we think of absurdities and othernesses mu and tao neutrino species lobate scarps
18: we imagine a town where flower buds choose to be square and streets run vertically to manywhere
20: you think you sit on a chair we see you sitting on a snifferdoodle you cut your food with a knife to us it's a zasterfoxen
22: imagine that the universe is lopsided has no edges has no center parallel lines meet infinity comes in many sizes and shapes
24: will you allow yourself just for a moment to be absurd? to speak gibberish? to swim in the irrational you?
26: what if your ideas were ridiculed savaged derided? what if your name were Matisse?
28: can you taste now the pungent flavor of who you are?
30: do you have to bind your dreams with implacable twine to get through each day?
32: why not unbind and unwind? crawl on your belly to see what life looks like to a worm. does that get you criticized? tell alice with her malice to go jump in a rabbit hole.
34: think about winnie the pumpernickel and jabberwocky jam. marvel at sam-i-am and i can be and you will be.
36: are you tempted to hide 'neath a burqua of charts forms and schemata tomes and reams indices and codicils?
38: that's okay for a while, anyway, but not too long nor too deep
40: instead be frenzied innumerable et cetera and absurd
42: listen to walt whitman's siren call:
44: "not i nor anyone else can travel that road for you. perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know."
46: follow me to cardalicakes the land where you need no passport, no visa
48: where no one will care about the color of your dreams or the shape of your imagination.
50: where you sing off-key fart and snort gnash your teeth and howl at the thunder
52: where the inside-out you is welcome and the other-than you is cherished
54: and you will be our hero, our anthem, our national treasure our one and only visible, likable pure and enticeable altogether huggable
56: c a r d a l i c a k e
58: list of images cover - tunes long ago - intermezzo belonging - death remembered suckling - tree of oblivion included - yeggmore drawn - king of the bubba bellies this is - orchestrating tomorrow we think - innocence abroad we imagine - fading out of history you think - harrumph imagine - booblica will you - she, he and it what if - a woman's dilemma can you - l'enfant terrible | dddi
59: list of images (continued) do you - the finger why not - saturnalian think about - elusive woman are you - binary codizen that's okay - the groom wore curls instead - woman jazzed listen - body language not i - maestro follow - sex on wheels where no - bLue sHoe when you - bubbalooey where the inside - insomnia cardalicake - rollapoly back cover - mottled woman
61: it's not that i can find a home for every refugee or undo the damage to fish and forest or quell the political turmoil or ease the rage of those who have less or soften the bullies or make our lives, all lives, matter. but if i can add a smile to your face a hop to your pace a beam of hope to lighten your way then perhaps i have made a difference and that's okay.
63: all images are original digital paintings on brass and aluminum c. corinne whitaker 2016 aka the digital giraffe www.giraffe.com firstname.lastname@example.org all rights reserved