Brain Litany: Or, Overlooking the Existential Factor

Original Text: 
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Living in Paradise: New and Selected Poems (Toronto: Manfield Press, 2001): 98-99.
1The brain is a network of connections of cells
2It is not a connection of cells
3It is a connection of information
4It is a connection of blue vases
5with red flowers in them
6It is not a connection of vases
7It is a connection of living memories
8Where are they
9Where are the coconuts
10Where are the pigs
11The brain is a network of behavioral potentialities
12The Brain is the mind
13The brain is the central integrative role in human performance
14Where are the pigs
15Where are the coconuts
16The brain is a compendium of holographic mechanisms
17Help me find the coconuts Help me find the pigs
18The brain is a neuro-physiological metaphor
19The brain is an illusionist's exercise in Euclidean geometry
20The brain is a vibrational amplifier for ambient field quanta
21Find me the goddamned coconuts the pigs
22The brain is a cybernetic miracle with a three-ring
24The brain is an enchanted loom where millions of flashing
25shuttles weave a dissolving pattern
26I know I saw the coconuts
27I know I saw the pigs
28The brain is an evolutionary archaeological site
29Show me those pigs one more time
30The brain is a dance among three interconnected biological computers
31I saw the pigs
32I saw the coconuts
34epistemological handball.
35I know you have the coconuts
37The brain is an international casino for quantum indeterminancy
38The pigs
39The pigs
40The pigs
41When we think of brains, there are no brains in the brain.
42The coconuts
43The pigs
44The brain is a psycho-biological tar pit Give me
45the bloody coconuts in an emotional jungle you bastard
46or the brain is a macro-evolutional myth for the maintenance of
47I'll bash the brain is an omnidirectional time machine
48clogged with death consciousness
49I could cry
50Show me those pigs
51Show me those coconuts
54When we think of the "I," there is no one in the brain.
55Where am I?
56Where am I? etc.


0] "Whence could such a creature come but from thee, O Lord? Is any man skillful enough to have fashioned himself? Or is there any other source from which being and life could flow into us, save this, that thou, O Lord, hast made us -- thou with whom being and life are one, since thou thyself art supreme being and supreme life both together" (Confessions, trans. Albert C. Outler [1955]: Book I, chap. 6. URL: Back to Line
7] Bateson's Mind and Nature (Glasgow: Fontana, 1978). Back to Line
23] The three-part brain: R-complex (reptilian core, including the thalamus and basal ganglia), limbic system (mammalian), and neocortex (primates). Back to Line
33] bicameral: the brain has right and left hemispheres, connected by the corpus collosum. Back to Line
36] lacrimal: tear-making. Back to Line
53] René Descartes' Discourse on Method (1637) has one certain axiom in a world of doubt: "Cogito; Ergo sum." Back to Line
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Publication Notes: 
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco, Virgin Science: Hunting Holistic Paradigms (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1986): 103-05.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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Copyright Pier Giorgio Di Cicco 2001