Re: RARA-AVIS: From McCarthy's The Road

From: Robert Elkin (
Date: 18 Nov 2006

Magnificent, M. Thanks.

--- Michael Robison <> wrote:

> "He got up and walked out to the road. The black
> shape
> of it running from dark to dark. Then a disant low
> rumble. Not thunder. You could feel it under your
> feet. A sound without cognate and so without
> description. Something imponderable shifting out
> there
> in the dark. The earth itself contracting with the
> cold. It did not come again. What time of year? What
> age the child? He walked out into the road and
> stood.
> The silence. The salitter drying from the earth. The
> mudstained shapes of flooded cities burned to the
> waterline. At a crossroads a ground set with dolmen
> stones where the spoken bones of oracles lay
> moldering. No sound but the wind. What will you say?
> A
> living man spoke these lines? He sharpened a quill
> with his small pen knife to scribe these things in
> sloe or lampblack? At some reckonable and entabled
> moment? He is coming to steal my eyes. To seal my
> mouth with dirt."
> miker
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