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Pataphor, as defined by p. a. lopez.

Create a figurative device whose meaning is extended until it creates an entirely new context.


Pataphor test

Patophorology: A science invented by p. a. lopez (a.k.a.Paul Avion) and derived from the science of pataphysics (the science of imaginary solutions) as described by Alfred Jarry.

Pataphor (noun):

1. An extended metaphor that creates its own context.

2. That which occurs when a lizard's tale has grown so long it breaks off and grows a new lizard.

Pere Ubu

"It is conventional to call ''monster'' any blending of dissonant elements. I call ''monster'' every original inexhaustible beauty.” Alfred Jarry

Profile of Alfred Jarry ("Pere Ubu")
(from The Third Rose: a biography of Gertrude Stein by J. Malcolm Brinnin, 1959)

Ubu's Almanac - Alfred Jarry and the Graphic Arts / Spencer Museum of Art

Miro/Ubu - Spaightwood Galleries. Miro Lithographs

UBU ROI in the original french, project Gutenberg

David Ball's translation of Ubu Roi (1st Act).

"The Crucifixion Considered as an Uphill Bicycle Race", a story by Alfred Jarry (also includes a companion piece by J. G. Ballard: "The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race."

London Institute for Pataphysics

Le Collège de ’Pataphysique



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