Mandala and Robert Duncan
It was in an essay I was reading about Robert Duncan. The essay is as dense as the subject matter it discusses. Anyway, I don't know if you're like me but a lot of times I'll go about reading something, see a word I recognize and keep going but then a little after, I stop because, "Wait, I have heard of that word but I don't know the definition!" So then I go back and look it up.
That's what happened with the word "mandala" today. The essayist used it to describe the poetics of Robert Duncan.
Here's the definition:
(n) mandala (any of various geometric designs (usually circular) symbolizing the universe; used chiefly in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation)It reminded me of the description of a spider's web, which, if you look to the side of the blog, you will see a spider as my "profile" photo. That's because I love spider webs. So non-linear, so inclusive, so expansive. That's why I never kill spiders. I always shoo them away or outside if I'm with people who freak at spiders.
Anyway, so there's mandala for you; you're word of the day.