The poem
    is the stone
    chipped and hammered
    until it is shaped
    like the stone
    hammer, the maul.
                 Robert Kroetsch, “Stone Hammer Poem”

is this a cost of beauty, the
focus of word and thought to make the thing already there,
there as
object of seeing?
             Barry McKinnon, PulpLog
::stonestone:: “Modernity begins with the recognition that the object before me is not a sign but a random particle,” so “to make the stone stony is to chip away the inscription someone carved on it; it is to turn signs back into things.” (Gerald L. Bruns, “Toward a Random Theory of Prose.”)
::stonestone:: “ostranit”-e(n)strangement, the thing made strange, the difference between recognition and seeing
::stonestone:: “A CARAFE, THAT IS A BLIND GLASS. A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing. All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling. The difference is spreading.” Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons.

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