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A Jarrett in Your Text

[Laurie Anderson Epigraph] [Ornette Coleman Epigraph] [James Dickinson Epigraph]

Text--this text almost mad in its need to obey the law of my (im)possible signature--always begins at a stopping (stoppering or corking) place. It represents the end of false starts for the one who inscribes it. Like the mason jars that lined my Grandmother Jarrett's pantry--full of pole beans, okra, corn, tomatoes, bread n' butter pickles, and all kinds of preserves (peach, pear, watermelon rind, blackberry, and muscadine, to name only five)--it silently marks the work (it is the trace) of canning.