Category: Changing


Well, Inexhaustible: Spring, Inexhaustible

Tze-Ki Hon

As a metaphor for the power of nature, water appears in different ways in different traditions. It is “the great flood” in the Epic of Gilgamesh of Mesopotamia and the Story of Noah of the Old Testament. It is “a flowing river” in Greek philosophy and in classical Confucianism. It is “a well of water” in the Gospel of St. John and in the I Ching (“In the well there is a clear, cold spring, from which one can drink”). In its various guises, water can be violent and destructive, benign and nurturing, hidden and enriching.
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An Ongoing Revolution

Sophia Katz

In the Book of Changes, the Chinese classic that was believed to encode all possible contingencies of human existence, the dynamic of ‘revolution’ is addressed by hexagram 49 革 (Ge). The literal meaning of this character is “the hide of an animal”. “In its verbal sense ge (hide) means ‘skin,’ ‘get rid of’ – certainly a radical change”. Ge is also part of the expression 革命 geming, ‘shedding the mandate’. In modern Chinese geming means ‘revolution’.
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In the Philosophical Sphere of the I Ching

Tan Chee Lay

Even a quick and simple glance at the white cover of Richard Berengarten’s Changing is fascinating. Against this background, the ancient pictogram 易 (Yi) is painted in concise strokes of black ink. To me, this pictographic character suggests the form of a bird flying, a suitable connotation for the ever-changing nature of time and space as perceived from within the perspective of the fleeting existence of a human being. … Continue readingIn the Philosophical Sphere of the I Ching


Lakes and Mountains

Lucas Klein

“Octavio Paz, Allen Ginsberg, Jorge Luis Borges, and Charles Olson, among many others, wrote poems inspired by its poetic language,” writes Eliot Weinberger. “Fritjof Capra in The Tao of Physics used it to explain quantum mechanics and Terence McKenna found that its geometrical patterns mirrored the ‘chemical waves’ produced by hallucinogens. Others considered its binary system of lines a prototype for the computer.” Weinberger is referring, of course, to the I Ching, … Continue readingLakes and Mountains


Some Constants of Change

Paschalis Nikolaou

After nearly thirty years of continuous incubation, intermittent and interrupted work, experimentation with form and presentation, and occasional hints, glimpses and premonitions through other collections, Richard Berengarten’s Changing was published by Shearsman Books in 2016.
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