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

Militant means
Dead objects in short lines
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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Desolee - in memoriam JJM

For water
Unconditional surrender
For the welling of emotion
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' 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
I fixed image
Perfect document of 

Predicted behavior
Composite surface
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.

Monday, September 5, 2016

THE BODY OF CON ED (by Kathy Acker)

it is holy. It gives us the telephone, the TV, electric utility bills with our bright names typed on them & short breath. It supplies us with all these plugs to suck on. If only there were pills I could take while looking down at the city all aglow with Con Edison light. I’m so thankful.  If only there were such a thing as guilt pills

At work I rub the customers’ backs with chloroform & slap their sagging stomachs with my palms. To everyone but me it sounds like applause, but to me it sounds like somebody’s teeth flapping in the wind. Or for lunch we take LSD & eat the crumbling company Fritos. Nickels taped to our eyeballs so we won’t envy the fellow next to us & count the # of corn chips in his bag. A man cant be expected to sweat his life away for three bags of corn chips a day. We go on strike

I want a new name. I also
want a new set of gimmicks or a getaway. Anything but this blood-flavored gum. Uh, as we approach NYC from the turnpike gears of this sweetness jam my face
with the milk of human kindness. The left eyebrow of Zeus knits furiously

All this furor incorporated by the
state of
it is holy. It gives us the telephone, the TV, electric blue light we work our sheepish looks over. Polo shirts & sunglasses are the most useful combination. Grow a weak heart & somebody will make you famous. When that sand rubs against your eyeball it is all you can do. It sounds like I’m using a ventriloquist again. I saw you on TV, Mr. Levenson

The novel has killed the point of view.  Tonnage of the stock exchange stuck deep to your bowels. I hand you my shirt as evidence, it cracks you up as horrible food so often does. At work, I subscribe

Who? You walk in the room, pose in front of the mirror. Tiny mirrors on your pocket book too. Beautiful streamers of someone’s hair flow out of your sides. Fantastic vibraphone solo by Karl Berger. 2631 Garfield Street   Still no one suspects

At work, I subscribe to a new game. Them that make us do sit-ups (timed) & apply for dress regulations. Otherwise you’re fired & not enough time in for unemployment. I had some pimples so I couldn’t fuck. Couldnt keep it up for the blood-tests. Confidential information. We just show the psychologist & then throw the results away. Sure I’m reading Downbeat Magazine, what do I care

My name is Robert Jordan & invented the sit-up. Is another poem, no, senor?  I eye the alphabet on your tits. Sonny Sharrock on the guitar

Dave said.
Disguised as a great man, I could fool millions.
Richard said.
I used to think my life was headed nowhere. Now I know it was there all the time

you were great, Mr. Levenson

He slurped some saliva back…   tried to pick up this wo-
into his face                  man at the bar, saying
how life-like she was. Silicon pellets in his fist of authority

As I sit here writing I sit here with a glass of dead beer stumped on my face. Stump. In my head French sounds like Chinese. That is because I’m on the other side of the earth. I fell through this hole one day. Oil slick leakage out of my pores. It has been a major influence on my life. As you have, you fucker, ashes on my breastplate & miles to go before that scum of memory on the eyes clears up like an old case of acne. Toad, you wear such vague pants. Your head punctures one cloud of pain only to take on another. While the small people grow pimples at the supermarket
That stab in the bathroom

should be called “Max’s Famous Spittle”. A twinge in your heart when we go to the bar & you try jerking me off under the table. A gasp when he tore out his stomach. Then I roll around in some corn flakes & try selling myself to a museum as an artifact

But you spelled yogurt wrong & you play all that lousy music. That’s why I didn’t accept your suicide note. I wadded up several dollar bills & stuffed them in my palms. All my fucking friends I said. The editor said. Today there are men squawking against the lurid sky. It was on the Ed Sullivan Show

Tie back your hair, lady
you’re dead. Your skin came
off in a bath these humans
call love. Worth five cereal
boxtops. Oh, Hollywood, you
suck! I cant remember a past
this dismal

I had a couple of beers & started to undo my voice, but the zipper got stuck. The stomach in the ice-bucket. Throbbtt. You fucked up on this one rather badly. I think you do better to go to an operation somewhere. Shoot up. Roll the tongue around in a bit of mucus. Clang, clang goes the napkin holder against his head             ,  is holy

the lights of Con Ed go out     we crosst our chests

[Note: from unsigned mimeographed mss circa mid-70s; not found or referenced in her on line archives]

Friday, September 2, 2016

Physical apparatus

"In the first place we must distinguish life from mentality. Mentality involves conceptual experience, and is only one variable ingredient in life."   -Whitehead

A vegetable is a democracy
To the slaughterhouse with rest of you
I took the hinge right off the door
Facing imminent doom
& fell out of bed
Brute force speaks only one language
More ducks to rabbits
More noise to order
Lessons before jumping
Lies, cheating and so forth
Human adaptation yes
Interlineation no
If the body is a laggard
The heart bleets
Poetry's triumph
for its internet of things

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Denial of service

Option anxiety equals
No shirt no shoes
Equals inadequate social surfing
Equals marketing is all we do

Before signal and noise
Before good and evil drew a blank
I found zombies
Mailboxes in your mouth
Back when everything was fucking everything
The biohistory of indiscriminate sharing
Free genetic exchange
Ease and disease
The gag so-called Flowers tangled in what
Power notes
Startled before
No escape
Just interstice & collapse
I embraced negative space as
Or in relation to
the Commons
Receptacle for everything

Signed, Nature

Saturday, August 13, 2016

heart of labyrinth
Each step 
between who knows 
and ‎what thinks

Transmission precedes infection1
All manner of ‎peeled skin
Interstice of dobro and drum
avoiding the b-side
Verbs destroy nouns
All nouns

Now that I have your attention
Connoisseurs who write for no one
Awaiting g-spot
In with the in-crowd
Standing adjacent to forked logic
Called in to request lost lyric 
to whom we owe everything

Missing address  
If the house always wins
Dispositif to no one
Contrast not opposition
Immanent to the choice
to which we are obliged
Please please please 
& thank you thank you

Parasite and host
said to excite no Trojan horse
I swept my mouth off the floor
made myself into a good meal
To inhabit fable as prey
to gut the lambs
gull and starfish
to swallow something

1 Mother of all madrassas
I learned to shed tears
In a factory called love

Monday, August 8, 2016

Thickset v Hotglue

My tongue
stretched for miles
Swath of leg kicks
Cannibal browser

I hedge in the folds
& fell prey
Even Dr. No knows what Red means
The Russian yacht's flag
Ideals of thought
Drowning in the instant
soup – not formulary
but approximate route or canal

The authority to love
By percentage
Points relative to observation
Exactly how a word
between lips
converged or

I was guilty before
Immeasurable space
Between pocket
knife and wrench
‎My confusion
Axioms of grief
They, she
The care taken

All pigeonholes & parsnips
‎Error registers
what body cashed out
Depleted in absence
I dreamt of cake walk
at donut shoppe
No number primed to answer
the stubborn fact

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Say love your hurt reason

Say Murder - now for the real thing!
For good or evil engaged
For spectacle
For a magical and orgiastic state
For heights fortified with knowledge
This one is beautiful very beautiful
Just as Hercules is useless very useless
Epicurus set down his weapons
Hydra boar lion - the forum covered with corpses

This Oedipal connotation as in
Contraries cohabited in the black box
If you are an African American debtor
Less monstrous burning clouds
We froze upon hitting the air
Shipwreck perhaps with 30k survivors
Her hair shall have what color it pleases

For mortality as Melville understood it
For the mind of North America
Sliced in three - no house, ship or palace
In pursuit of fast food sponsors
Mouths minds and markets
‎Squadrons and adventurous kings

Saturday, June 25, 2016



This is a funny face and this

A clown recognizing itself

This window was the same joke

Where not an inch but an abrupt

Word endlessly repeated

Thirty-thousand feet in error


This word invites the mind to a cliff, to follow the impossible

trail of what's wet. But having walked too far, tolerance is now

an insult. Your skin never remembers. It was the literal snow

reading the stain that torture served. So beyond in your plummet,

it holes out to know nothing.  At last, a word seized the communal

bulletin of almosts. Counting days until someone puts a

pineapple together, it's still your blue, your citron.


A tongue called reason

Performs where there is no wheel

The same goes for your limbs

In the nostalgia for, rather than of --

One of these terms is called arrival and departure

My mouth is trained to answer


There are none for the hole you described

The tool called slab submits nothing

Something a sovereign removed

But the rock or letter no one owns

Gives its own name


The books (this book) when the weather is ripe. Not crows

when logic describes us. As if authority's word balloon is

building to a point. As if impossible verbs grow down to a

child's secret address.

See above (agreement) without the editor I hope to have. This I

stands, forming a queue habit in the gap it cannot. If my hand

could bend to a likeness, its hero would appear. A point seeking

hold from the neck down. Unable to be able, you are not.

Which means three syllables in a name.

But how consume buzzwords of adjusted worth

When even novelty is no longer new?

Remember, it was the words

Placed this asterisk next to your address.


Letters come to think uncreated remarks are going to scold you.

The censor of any one versus the risk of losing the door. A claim

can or does by alternate readings but is never free to lose the

terms underway. For who can, will -- without calling the

animal out of the game. Living outside therefore, cannot -- by

repetition, since: a) nature conceals and b) science does not think.


Not to oversleep the

Sun -- no element of bolt

Lists to the pain

Not aches through the passing

Fire as if a join looks

Into the true is. Myth favors

What all to all sets

Only the cause of kindles

Or the grasp of sleeping

To the exhaustive call

Where I is finally



Saying is

(finally) the point

Of what few

Words please

    Monday, May 30, 2016

    Bound by pipes

    “History is an array of idiots, sociopaths, murderers and bores, punctuated with an occasional rational one – whose life is cut short.”

    Empire bathed in fire
    Each smile a grimace
    Laughing by number
    One semi-colon at a time

    I can’t cotton to flames
    To convey how Debt
    Subjects itself to itself
    Unquenchable diagram
    Long face or miracle

    These our islands
    In which we rededicate space
    All the more stuffed with Latin
    Adorable Greek companions
    Figments of fictive formulae
    In the public professions
    With less purchase on transitory life

    Dear most-human Human
    Who wiggles down runways
    Who promenades
    Dancing with the Ecclesiastics
    The most pious or foreign
    Colonials hitched to social ambition
    To obscure privacy in sensational life

    What trauma sleeps
    In milder opinion
    Mouth smashed
    Distinction of noses
    To sample the other’s blood

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Inflexible rigor (circular saw)

    Innocent of flesh
    No nation
    Under ceremony or novel vantage
    No stronger ardor

    Poured out of Christ
    Useless ungodly plaything
    Fleshy hand innocent of Ephesus
    Impossible sensation

    How each patriot spells
    Appeasement equal to
    Distress in another’s name
    Borrowed religion walled up in words

    Some gadfly connects
    To Lucian’s law
    To a collision of rock & coin
    To citizens as capacitors

    Running from the ancients
    In consequence to their queen
    Clerics raised a column and crossed the aisle
    Each bishop whose scepter

    Usurps the fancy apostates
    Idol-loving judge innocent of repose
    His need for love loves love
    Polished and taxed to perfection