A graphical representation of one of Egbert B. Gebstadter’s original
discovery of the “ambiphone,” which is remarkably similar
to one of Douglas R. Hofstadter’s original “ambigram”creations
(or are they discoveries?), except
that it must be sung while standing on one’s head (or bending over
backwards) in order to be properly understood.
Or are there five syllables?
No, seven seems right
This remarkable untitled haiku is an example of Gebstadter’s
artful translation of poetic forms,
which he calls “transformation.” It
is self-referential and self-representational, as well as
paradoxically self-contradictory (on every line). It was
inspired by Basho’s famous 17th-century “swamp / tadpole
A sample of Gebstadter’s original sonographical form, “Whorly
Art,” taken from the cover of his artful 1985 book Thetamagical
Memas: Seeking the Whence of Letter and Spirit. Given Gebstadter’s strong emphasis on the horrors of nuclear proliferation throughout Thetamagical Memas, this drawing might be seen as EBG’s attempt to create
a lasting whorled piece.
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