Friday, December 10

Jackson Mac Low (1922-2004)


What the maker of a manifesto does not comprehend or acknowledge
is the basic unmanifestness from which and within which each manifes-
tation takes place. It is this neglect or ignorance that calls forth repug-
nance when a manifesto is proclaimed or published, especially one
regarding art. As if what comes to being in and as the work of art
could ever be totally manifest or even manifest at all
without its abiding
steadfastly in the unmanfest! A work of art is a
manifesto only insofar
as it is its own antimanifesto.

21 June 1983
New York

fr. Bloomsday
[Barrytown, NY: Station Hill, 1984]

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