Whenever we are trying to recover a recollection, to call up
some period of our history, we become conscious of an act
sui generis by which we detach ourselves from the present
in order to replace ourselves, first, in the past in general,
then, in a certain region of the past--a work of adjustment,
something like the focusing of a camera.
~Henri Bergson, Matter and Memory
The new year is fast here and looking forward
I look back. About detachment,
I don't know.More often I step back
and, yes, that's what I've been up to.
There's a web, all spun, knotted even.
Yes, I see with clarity -- that's what it's about.
Bergson's idea of adjustment and memory
does feel right as I consider the coming year.
Other projects on the list for 2009, yes,
and always, read more, write more,
be more present.