Friday, January 28, 2005

Mutations

Have meant to mention that I'm right into the fronticepiece of Hugh Thomas's chapbook, Mutations (BookThug 2004), which is based on a Tamari lattice. As a note in the back explains, "Tamari lattices arise in mathematics to describe various combinatorial object such as the triangulations of a polygon or, as here, the possible bracketings of [the string "why didn't you tell me," for example, "why (didn't (you (tell me)))"]. Wittgenstein's "In a sentence a word can be felt as belonging first with one word and then with another" leaps to mind.

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