Editor's note: I'm very pleased to be able to republish Jess's An Aposiopesis of Black Honey: or Variations on Dürer's Melancholia I, from 1960. As the title says, it's an aposiopesis, a breaking-off in speech, the sort of break from high seriousness you'd expect from work clearly meant to disrupt your expectations. But how far is its clutter, its digressions, its obsessiveness from the original Melancolia I? How far is it from any melancholy? For both of these reasons — psychological acuity and formal unity between classical and contemporary — the Aposiopesis is an apotheosis of collage. —Adam Plunkett
Published in Jess: O! Tricky Cad & Other Jessoterica, edited by Michael Duncan, Siglio, 2012
Copyright/all rights reserved and reproduced with permission from the Jess Collins Trust.
Below: Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer, 1514