"From a letter by Samuel Beckett, dated February 14th, 1957, responding with what he called ‘heart-felt sympathy’ to queries from a German translator of his 1935 poetry collection Echo’s Bones and Other Precipitates . The Letters of Samuel Beckett, Volume 3, 1957-1965, edited by George Craig, Martha Dow Fehsenfeld, Dan Gunn, and Lois More Overbeck, will be published by Cambridge University Press in October.
What is a signaculum?
Hymen in an anatomical sense.
"in me, Habbakkuk, mard of all sinners" What is mard? — mardochai? nard composite?
"potwalloping now through the promenaders"
The conventional meaning of potwalloping doesn’t fit in here; what is the intended meaning?
Blundering heavily along.
What are skinnymalinks?
Skinny emaciated person.
What are thongbells? thong = sound or voice? or thongbells a dialect word for some sort of flower?
Invented word: thong of whip— bells of tulips
"in a hag she drops her young"
Hag has so many meanings: a bog, a soft place in a bog, a ravine? I suppose you mean a bog as a composite of moor + toilet??
Soft place in bog. No toilet harmonics.
"Scored with a thrillion sigmas"
thrillion = trillion thrills?
sigmas = small spikes of sponge? or milliseconds? scored with a thr. sigmas: scarred?
Sigma: ~Hogarth’s “line of beauty” and symbol of Christ.
Scored: marked, furrowed.
Thrillion, million, billion, thrillion.”