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A cásus about a cásus I bróðorlufu: Here bygynneth the Book of the Tales of Caunterbury

Whan that Aprill, with his shoures soote

The droghte of March hath perced to the roote

And bathed every veyne in swich licour,

Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Whan Zephirus eek with his sweete breeth

Inspired hath in every holt and heeth

The tendre croppes, and the yonge sonne

Hath in the Ram his halfe cours yronne,

And smale foweles maken melodye,

That slepen al the nyght with open eye-

(So priketh hem Nature in hir corages);

Thanne longen folk to goon on pilgrimages

And palmeres for to seken straunge strondes

To ferne halwes, kowthe in sondry londes;

And specially from every shires ende

Of Engelond, to Caunterbury they wende,

The hooly blisful martir for to seke

That hem hath holpen, whan that they were seeke.





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Davis Schneiderman is a multimedia artist and writer and the author or editor of eight print and audio works, including the novels Drain, Abecedarium, and Blank; the co-edited collections Retaking the Universe: William S. Burroughs in the Age of Globalization and The Exquisite Corpse: Chance and Collaboration in Surrealism’s Parlor Game; as well as the audio-collage Memorials to Future Catastrophes. His first short story collection, there is no appropriate #emoji—with collaborations from Lance Olsen, Cris Mazza, Kelly Haramis, Stacy Levine, Tim Guthrie, Andi Olsen, and Megan Milks—will be released in Fall 2019.

His work has also appeared in numerous publications, including Fiction International, The Chicago Tribune, The Iowa Review, and TriQuarterly.

He is Krebs Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Lake Forest College.

8 thoughts on “A cásus about a cásus I bróðorlufu: Here bygynneth the Book of the Tales of Caunterbury

  1. This is my favorite sentence post yet. I love reading Canterbury out loud. And now I like reading your O1s aloud, too. Nice.

  2. Nice.

    For those needing a translation of Schneiderman’s (binary numeral system) response:
    “This opening to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales is inimitable.”

    1. Is there a binary numeral translation thingie anywhere online? I’m curious abt the binary citations in Lidia Yuknavitch’s “Citations of a Heretic.” (Which I read last night and thought was totally fucking fantastic).

        1. I’m not sure they’re “real.” I thought they might actually in some way refer to the texts she uses in pastiche form, but I think the codes are too short… I typed a couple into the translator and just got symbols like the $ sign, a random box, or else nothing at all. …I would like to identify some of the texts she recontextualizes… I recognized Kafka and one other that seemed really familiar but I couldn’t put my finger on — felt like maybe Sade or Bataille or somebody of that ilk.

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