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Furnace

In workshop on June 3, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Dumaguete. Dumas Goethe. The pun is from the southern sage Cesar Aquino. How this bardic wordplay delights my heart! Many years from now we will look back at this time of the year and say these lines from Mary Oliver’s “In Blackwater Woods”:

Every year
everything
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires

This is the furnace into which all metals are forged, the fiery spume of nitre and sulfur which the fallen but autonomous angels used to concoct gunpowder from crude materials. A literal fire baptised me to a new beginning when an antique mansion blazed in front of our house at the strike of New Year. The fire took on several levels of meaning from that day on, and now this is one of its sublated forms: the workshop. One of these days I will post a chronicle of events, but the immensity of the experience prevents any attempt to synthesize. If language is a name for what is already dead in our heart, then the golden and ethereal fire of May does not yet make a relic of this summer. It puts me into a silent ecstasy, like a Siquijor spell.