A Hermaneutic Fantasy: Prolegomena to Any Past Zenoic Proverbialness
And now dear friend, I shall ask you to consider it possible to travel back through time upon the sedan chair of the imagination, so
passing through an infinite number of moments to at last settle into a
clear picture of what it is Zeno is saying, moreover with
true proverbialness. We move back from one moment to the next, but only
to encounter another moment, so on forever, as the number of moments is
infinite, and thus the proverbialness we seek remains perpetually an
unobtainable carrot at the end of an infinitely long stick.
(Kind thanks to Professor Hodges for allowing me to derive from his theoretical work on one-line poems the neologism "Zenoic Proverbialness.")
Carter Kaplan is the author of The Invisible Tower Trilogy: Echoes, We Reign Secure, and The Sky-Shaped Sarcophagus. His first novel is Tally-Ho, Cornelius!Diogenes is an Aristophanic comedy. Editor of Emanations; IA edition of The Scarlet Letter with Afterword, "A" is for Antinomian: Theology and Politics in The Scarlet Letter; the anthology Fantasy Worlds. Co-translator and editor of Creation of the World by Torquato Tasso. Book on Wittgenstein and literary theory: Critical Synoptics. Articles on “Karel Čapek,” “Menippean Satire” and “Dystopian Literature” in The Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics. Articles on "Herman Melville" and "Michael Butterworth" in A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes (which has an article about him). A chapter on William Blake and Michael Moorcock appears in New Boundaries in Political Science Fiction. Teaching includes Literature, Philosophy, and post-graduate Medical Research Writing in universities ranging across Montana, North Dakota, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York City, and Scotland.