Monday, December 19, 2016

Shaman is aware


        -after David Bromige

How have we come
home & landed

Palms up & out to say
how we fail to be astonished

how readers lost in mud
seek what's not held down

How hostility
story boarded for stimulation

unopened‎ at house of doors
How Carl’s was not a house at all

How blunt precision
Pickup smashing pickup

Tree under tree
at newly laid blacktop

How shaman is aware



Saturday, November 26, 2016

For Victory, For Defeat


They say squirrels can only count to three, after which they return to the nest for confirmation. They say humans learn to count beyond themselves, after which all nests are pillaged.

I mean every defecation (sorry) isn't ironic
Enter Sandman
Every conspiracy might be us
Equal meaning in every what
Are we not men
Tool sheds
Out of body expertise

Bundles of terms 
On sale now
Bungled by
S(t)upervision

Militant means
Dead objects in short lines
Mediumistic 
Condition
Rut and groove
Too much drama
Between you and
Please call home

This stanza
Just in time
Dismembered prospect

Unmarked flesh
Caution: Promethean zone
Abject muscle
Heroic flame

These inane boils
Head over heel
Uncured ham
Contingent subtraction
Carny barkers
Proof of concept
Clowns Unlimited
Lost mobility
@ Laughing Gas Enterprises
#FU


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Desolee - in memoriam JJM


For water
Unconditional surrender
For the welling of emotion
Empathy
For this feeling of sorrow
Bottomless depth
Tsunami alert
for the end of things
that don't really end
‎For the distraction that allows us to persist
For bellowing in the distance
For the concrete detail
For the here and here and
For the abstract flock
For eagle & 100 crows
This is our harbor
These our tears



Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Dictatorship of Speculation - Kolozova


Katerina Kolozova is perhaps the most exciting thinker coming out of Francois Laruelle and non-philosophy.  As Jodi Dean says: "Her creative extension of the 'non-philosophy' of Laruelle radicalizes feminist philosophy as it expands possibilities for theorizing the real as experienced."

Kolozova's Towards a Radical Metaphysics of Socialism - Marx & Laruelle defines the problem as how to overcome alienation, which is described as the generic mode of exploitation. "The alienation at issue is (at least) threefold: one is alienated from one's labor, one is alienated from the fruits of one's labor; and finally, one is alienated from the physicality of one's life by subjecting them to the rule of an idea."

Provocatively, this third flavor of alienation is described as the "dictatorship of speculation" - not just in financial capitalism, but also in theory, politics and daily life.  For example, think of how financial speculation is "translated into concrete policies affecting the lives of concrete individuals."

In Laruellian terms, we are shaped by the syntax of the real. Our lives are determined in the last instance by the real. This emphasizes immanence which in many ways is synonymous with the real.  Non-philosophy, like Marx, is against positivism and opposed to philosophical materialisms (which "equate truth with reality" - instituting the 'truth' ...as a higher form of reality).

Kolozova posits "a response that consists of the attempt to invent societal and economic models that would abolish or radically diminish the alienation in question... [the solution] stems from the problem of surplus value... (that) grounds capitalist logic..."

"...theoretical investigation of the modes of lingual construction of our realities should be conducted in a way so those realities are affirmed as exteriority (ie as instances of the real in their own right). It is indispensable to do so in order to arrive to the possibility of overcoming the dictatorship of speculation in contemporary financial capitalism, post-modern theory, and politics..."

There is a 'sufficiency' inherent to the standard disciplines, eg philosophy, where the resulting thought "usurps the status of the real conditions of the world."  Can we invent new non-standard disciplines without the concept of sufficiency, where thought is "transcendentally impoverished", where "thought is always surprised by the real, and that gaps and inconsistencies in a system of thought are allowed, and moreover, are invited and unavoidable since thought succumbs to the “real” rather than to the “real’s meaning.”



Monday, October 3, 2016

Intent To Kill


                  -after Harun Farocki

Made of Material
Markets
I fixed image
Perfect document of 

Predicted behavior
Composite surface
Phenoms
Little red dots

Shots on goal
Hand prints
with broken fingers
No disrespect someone said

Credit the eye someone said
The patch of color
Produced itself
Polaroids is it?

Finger cots & contact mics
Penny thoughts & car alarms
I raced to crop
My charmed

So-called life 
All the way down

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Suffering as self-enjoyment - Kolozova

Enjoyment and suffering no longer establish opposition. They are both instances of the lived, of the sheer experience that takes place as “suffering,” in the etymological sense of the Latin word passio.
One is subjected to a sensation, be it pleasure or pain, which takes place in the defenseless body through the instance of pure exposure and vulnerability. Similarly, Laruelle’s “the lived” is called
le joui, regardless of whether it is the product of the infliction of pain or pleasure. “It is the undivided (of) pain—yet not determined by it—as the undivided lived of joy, but never their synthesis, not even immanent.” (Laruelle, Theorie des Etrangers, 225)   The unilateral, mute instance of the lived in Marx’s text is called suffering, regardless of whether it is the result of violence or a sensation of pleasure. 
[...] the object is the manifestation of the human reality, [...] it is human activity and human suffering, for suffering, humanly considered, is a kind of self-enjoyment of man. [Marx, “Third Manuscript,” in Marx, Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts of 1844.]
Suffering is self-enjoyment, not because of some vague masochistic inclination, but because it represents a surpassed alienation. Pain situates us in the real of ourselves. The real is the instance one inhabits prior to any “making sense out of it”—in anteriority vis-à-vis language—it precedes any possibility of abstraction (including that of “abstract activity and a belly”).  Laruelle’s “joui sans jouissance” is one of the “first names” of the real that we all are in the last instance. [Laruelle, Théorie des Etrangers, 222] It is the enjoyed, without the idea of “enjoyment,” without conceptualization or a philosophy of enjoyment, without attaching it any sort of value.

From Katerina Kolozova's Toward A Radical Metaphysics of Socialism, p 15-16.