Friday's Rock, Moby Polyphemus

 

A Monument of Wonders associates Fridays with the feral powers of nature, those forces which can never be tamed or cultivated. Wildness and wilderness lives in the vacuole at the center of every person and every culture, and in times of calamity that wildness whirls to the fore and can serve as the catalyst for our salvation.

 

That which is underground, under the sea, under the surface of the culture, under the conscious mind, under the enormous debris pile that we call progress is the wild. This state of awareness is embodied in the Monument of Stonehenge, in whales, in feral human beings and in bouts of hysteria. On Fridays the Monument explores unorthodox healing methodologies, the swan, indecipherable or partially decipherable manuscripts, drug addiction, Eros and erotophobia, the drowning nature of love, private sanity and collective madness, the regeneration of lost limbs, war, addiction, and the even wilder forays into areas of consciousness that are the antidotes to addiction and war.

 

Themes of Friday include sudden intromissions of magic into scientific procedures, the linguistic experiments of Elizabethan Necromancer, John Dee, and his trance-channel, Edward Kelley, hypnosis and trance, the inexplicable appearance of strange half-human creatures at critical junctures in the course of civilization, quantum leaps from disease and dismemberment to health and wholeness, the magic powers associated with birds and dreams.

 

Locales and times explored are the hospitals and battlefields of World War I, the bottom of the sea, the sacrificial rites of the Druids, the gentleman’s clubs of London, pre-Perón Buenos Aires, the work of Jorge Luis Borges, the kingdom of the trolls. In the Monument, Fridays are closely paired with Sundays and elaborate many of the same themes from the point of view of different, interacting characters.