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Creative Engagement with Arielle Guy’s Three Geogaophies: A Milkmaid’s Grimoire

Is the opening and closing of legs like “remembering the blink”?

Arielle Guy’s recently released book Three Geogaophies: A Milkmaid’s Grimoire is not only a spell book (as Grimoire implies) but a three part, ohm-ey source. If Geogaophy is an intentional misspelling of geography, then perhaps Geogaophy is not only a location-oriented, bent, derivative of the word geography but is also an ephemeral place which houses and exhibits shapes, shades and directions that are in contrast to a book’s usual?

When reading Guy’s TGAMG I am brought by feeling, toward two unusual concepts. The first, Newton’s three laws of motion and the second, the word triumvirate (as it relates to Hinduism- to the Gods of Creation, Preservation and Destruction (Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva)).

Newton’s first of three laws of motion relays the fact that if an object is in a state of ‘uniform motion’ then it will remain in that state of motion unless ‘an external force is applied to it’ (“chemistry in the making”). Newton’s second law relates to the relationship between an object’s mass, its acceleration and the applied force (“we startle on key” / “hastens the door” / “cut it in to look like water”)—the ‘direction of the force vector the same as the direction of the acceleration vector.’ Newton’s third law states ‘for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction’ (“reverse skylines” / “gentle hem switching” / “pouring inward”). All three of these ‘laws’ are enacted in Arielle Guy’s “spooled difference” of “permanent atoms”—this spiraling book—this specifying Grimoire.

Regarding the Hindu triumvirate (“partners cave”): Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva—Brahma is the creator (“a strange world opens”), Vishnu the preserver (“grand hop concealing its virgin”) and Shiva the destroyer (“a rose staining everything”). I felt the sacred triumvirate here (“salt and sex are the same thing”) because of the ornate, at times contradictory, fragmented and sensuous movements present in TGAMG (“you are like that, a fried orgasm” / “wants more sigh gap, more nervous [] more alter”)–movements that could only come from having multiple positions from within a gaze making that gaze able to be ‘seen’ through (“look further/ further than those rocks and you will see”). What differences are there between gaze and see?

In order to generate what humans refer to as the world, Brahma made a goddess out of his own self. Brahma named that goddess Sarasvati. Sarasvati (“SHE cracks it between her “thighs”), the goddess of knowledge, arts, music and science. Goddess, the ephemeral Milkmaid of Guy’s  own Grimoire. I understand Guy’s Milkmaid as an uncommon heroine whom is somehow enigmatically located “between water and land”—that location, a floating, positing of self? A moving position? A boat (“take out the boat, love is there”) being rowed “into the opening  between knees.”




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