Wednesday, June 09, 2021

FANCY BARBARIANS

 I said OK kid 

   principal parts of

ferō: 

      go!

--Daddy?

--What. 

--Are Romans just, um,

fancy barbarians?






Saturday, May 29, 2021

ALL ALONG THE PARANOIDS

 for B.R.


That time you gave me the finger in the cafeteria

seemingly out of the blue

I wish I could go back

and render same the honor it was due


the anger with which you

precariously enough

shifted your tray

to your left forearm 

freeing your right

to deliver the sign

mouthing a silent 'fuck you'

then resumed your search for a table

far from mine


if  I could only go back

and feel that force again

absorb it

in all its glory

and appropriateness


as it was

I was far too immature

to receive that transmission

as the one for whom it was meant

being cold and righteous as some gleaming

sterilized instrument


if I could go back

and see again your sudden

blazing sign

as it was

perfect

clear

generous

then with zero caution and zero thought

and the correct amount of amour propre

which is zero


I would finally come to you

and say Betsy

thank you

thank you

thank you





Saturday, March 20, 2021

ANCIENT DANCES


‘Doesn’t anybody want my dear Fortunata to dance?’ he said. ‘Honestly no one dances the cordax better.’ 

Petronius

 

All song and dance is heard in the Dharma. 

–Hakuin Zenji

 

For Jesus leads the dance of love. 

–Wyclif

 

She coulde of that art the olde daunce. 

–Chaucer

 

These petrified relations must be forced to dance by singing to them their own melody. 

–Marx

 

Anayu, Storm Snake Old Man,

Come here now, for we are dancing!

Bring your rain, you arrive now! 

–Nanbe tribe

 

This time only you will see me.

When they dance at Takimildin

Fog will cover the base of the mountain

Toward the south!

I watch from there!

Thus, when the time comes,

They will dance it thus!

Whoever dances thus will think of me. 

–Naninnoh-hoi tribe




Monday, December 21, 2020

WARNING*


CRACKERS TO THE WHITE ASS

FLAG FASCIST DRAPES

WITH THE CRACKER ASS FUCKS!



 *This text was flagged as inappropriate by facebitch








Tuesday, December 15, 2020

LENINIST PEP TALK

 

  It feels stupid 

while you are doing it

but what you are doing

is called living

and I 

want you 

to know 

    it is 

a

 fucking

revolutionary

activity!






QUOD OPUS MIHI EST

 

what is my work

what is my job?


materials everywhere

and tons of contrivances

a net amount of flesh is totally involved

but my overall activity

spells the death of hustle


and when I stop:

the slight taste of iron


and what is my wages?

it must be something

visible only

from very far away







Thursday, October 08, 2020

ON FLIES

Robert Herrick came to me in a dreame last night and wanted me to get this out to you all. TC


FLies (we knowe) love decomposing Flesshe

and also Poope, when they can get it fresshe.



Tuesday, October 06, 2020

ON DRUGS



It is easy to be fearless


if you're on drugs


if you have an endless supply


you should definitely take drugs









Monday, September 21, 2020

Invocation to DIONYSIACA

 

from the Greek of Nonnus

 

Sing goddess the bright burning mess-

enger of the CRONIDAI

the breathless labour brought on by thunder

the massive electrical storm in Semele’s bridal bed

—report on the birth

of twice-born BACCHUS whom Zeus his father plucked

half-formed from the fire

—goo-covered baby—

SANS DOULA

how painfully he cut a cavity in his thigh

and carried him there, father and noble mother both

not unmindful of a previous pregnancy

when his head gave birth

having an unbearable, unbegotten lump

enlarging his cranium

until it burst

and shot forth burning in her armor

 bright


ATHENA







Monday, August 10, 2020

FRAGMENTUM ARBOREUM


I never knew 


what horrors that tree


was hiding from view







Saturday, July 18, 2020

ALEXANDRINES FOR JULY 2020



The tortured chimp retrieves a razor from the trash--

He grins, and on his right and left begins to slash.














Friday, July 10, 2020

MY MONSTER MOVIE


Toxic orange slug
giant-size threat to planet
townsfolk shout  ‘you suck’

The general frowns
he’s got nothing, he’s useless
His tactics are lame

Malignant kaiju
oozing up from toxic depths
Godzilla hates you

Unfortunately
Godzilla is sleeping now
Man, wake his ass up!

But you will be shocked
When Godzilla is recharged:
You will bite on death

Friday, July 03, 2020

My notes on Heinrich Blücher's 1967 Heraclitus lecture



"Today I wish to speak of Heraclitus of Ephesus and I am trembling."
 Heinrich Blücher

His fellow Greeks, his fellow citizens of Ephesus
did not merely put him to death--
they killed him thus:
drove him into the temple of Diana.
    No one could murder him in that district
    but neither could anyone bring him food
so he starved
in the perfect knowledge
that Homer was wrong about everything.

 MYTHOS    > LOGOS



a cold-blooded logos 
 ironclad law of necessity--the philosopher
must regard the world without belief
That is, let fire persuade you
or not,
 it will burn you
and everything is made of fire.
One can't pray to this logos: that would be nonsense
one can only follow it
 straight
to the temple
 of Diana



"He created, like the philosophers that preceded him, a view of the cosmos as a well ordered universe, but in such a way that there was not a bit of consistency in it,
and his fellow Greeks just hated that view."



What then?


Logic makes only sense; logic has no meaning.



Therefore we must play.






taken at the lecture
Heraclitus and the Metaphysical Tradition
delivered May 10, 1967
Bard College