ci'irprosa

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''ci'irprosa levi pemci cukta vau''

--Preface to this poembook--

''fu'e.a'a ca'e lu lo velsku mo leri selsku li'u''

How does the means-of-expression relate to its things-expressed?

''.i ru'a la lojban. teryro'i co danfu fo di'u''

I assume Lojban is a means of trying to answer that question.

''.i rixire cizra mu'i .iki'uku ri mi cinri po'ita'i lenu lo''

Thus it is strange; & it therefore interests me, as a blackbird

''xekcpi cuse trina loi minra ni'o sera'a le me la sapir .uorf.''

is drawn to shiny things. As for the "Sapir-Whorf" hypothesis,

''kuku pe'i ri ge narvai kaurjetnu gi dutcumki selcipra .iku'i''

it seems to me both a truism & impossible to prove. It might be

''pe'icu'i rolo pemci fasnu cu danfu po'a fo lu ba'e lemi velsku mo''

said, however, that each poem-event is like an answer to the

''levi ba'e bazi selsku li'u .ije ni'iku lezu'o pemci zbasu kei''

question, "How does MY means-of-expression relate to this NEXT

''mo'u bau la lojban. ka'e tadji lenu cipra satcyzga kei be leri''

thing-expressed?" Then poetry in Lojban would be a way of

''selsku ka cumki .ifu'o ku'i mi nabona'e milxe selsrana le sabji''

experimentally examining its expressive range... But i am not

''be loinu skekrinu kei be le cuntu poi rincau caircni ku be'unai''

overly concerned with providing scientific reasons for so fascin-

''.i .a'oo'acu'i lemi ka gersne kei bana cfipyspo le canko bismo'a''

ating an activity in itself. I only hope the imperfections of my

''po'a pe lemi mukti mu'o''

usage do not obliterate the "window ice-pattern" of my intent.

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