the Stein family relationships (Tamboura Gaskins pointed out there were seven births to Daniel and Amelia Stein but two died in infancy), gymnasts, intoxication, lock mechanisms, an off-balance person falling, a machine for smoothing and polishing semi-precious stones, and a quick sexual encounter.
THE TENDER-BARTER-CURRENCY TERRITORY
This "tumbler"— is it a part of language that moves a gear of meaning in and out of engagement? Is "a little bit of a tumbler" perhaps "a little bit of a word"?"all four were bought"OKSo what if these four are the first four words of the poem?
"A shining indication of"I see IN, IN, IN, ON OF.Continue to read the poem:"....yellow consISts IN there havINg been mORe OF the same colOR than could have been expected when all four were bought."Stein's defining the phrase "A shining indication of" as meaning "having more of the same color than could have been expected." It makes sense.....a shining color seems to have more color than a non-shiny color!The 6th and 7th words of the poem are cONsISts IN --ON IS IN— are these little bits of tumblers which engage language?The phrase "consists in" is "the hope which made...no use for any more places." Again, Stein is defining "consists in" - when we say that something exists in a specific space, we are really tricking ourselves, hoping that the thing (word) has only one place (meaning)....but Stein won't allow us to trick ourselves. She shows us that language is never that simple -"this necessarily spread into nothing. Spread into nothing."READINTONOTHINGREADINTONOTHING
“I'm just exploring the letters, no gematria or system. It feels like Stein is having some fun with exploring how her readers will try to find meaning in her objects, and the way we do that is to ‘position’ these objects (contextualise?) - IN history / society / biography / numerology / astronomy / theology / philosophy / linguistic theory etc. etc.
When we say ‘a tumbler is a glass,’ this is a type of linguistic currency, equivalent to saying ‘an American dollar is 103 Japanese Yen.’"
THE PREPOSITIONAL BITS OF A TUMBLER
“Is it just a technique for connecting all of the buttons of Tender Buttons? Is she saying more about the types of Objects that are of interest here?
STEIN & THE MONIKERS OF LOVE
ODE TO THE GAS LAMP