Friday, November 12, 2010


According to the “doctrine of the affections” there are three pairs of opposing emotions that make six “affects” all together: love/hate, joy/sorrow, wonder/desire.

Lorenzo Giacomini (1552–1598) in his Orationi e discorsi (1597) defined an affection as “a spiritual movement or operation of the mind in which it is attracted or repelled by an object it has come to know as a result of an imbalance in the animal spirits and vapours that flow continually throughout the body.”

Someday soon we’ll stop to ponder
What on Earth’s this spell we’re under

When the keyboard player in a rock band
writes and sings the songs but guitar players
run back and forth in the spotlight layers
fans always cheer some guitar player’s hand

so technicians will build a special stand
that makes the keyboards spinning portrayers
of rock jive fans will cheer, while naysayers
can play a jazz club at some baby grand.

I knew a woman who made my head spin.
I think I understand dichotomies
structured on hate and love, sorrow and joy.

Desire and wonder need meditation.
Rock and jazz are music philosophies
musicians perform, compose or destroy.

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