Yes, you’ve become new / Yes, you delete / How text and image confront each other / To see and think acquire byproducts / You say here / A pause in flora / The detachable head / I am here now / A pause with fauna / Pulverized / With and without safety / Awake / … / This little pill dissolves and distributes itself … / Nothing is costly when money isn’t applicable / / You know what that means / You are sparkly sparkly / … / The sound of a rotary phone / Then its downloaded ringtone / … / / (Hyphenated for your pleasure) / One cycle includes all the content you’ll ever need / A scarf in a box / A tongue in the mouth / You corrupt the billboard by paying it no mind / But the font remains a seduction / I’ll steer away from the sentence and off the storyline altogether / There’s enough furniture to let you know you’re in a room / … / The balding of an empire approaches / Proceed with undauntitude. It’s the Hegel age – you know it and I know it. It’s been the Hegel age for the past 200 hundred years, but only recently have we come to realize that in all the recent attempts to “overcome Kant” there is no overcoming Kant like the Hegelian overcoming of Kant. Thus Hegel is back (because he never left). But the problem with Hegel is, well, he’s too Hegelian –I mean, when Carmen Electra sings “I’ve got a bigger dick than you,” she’s not speaking literally, right? (Someone asked her, and she said, “No”). This is a story that won’t get lasting attention because of the small number of dead workers, but the roof collapsed in a Cambodian shoe factory, killing 2 workers and injuring at least 9 others. As Jalal Al-I Ahmad put it, about 50 years ago, “I speak of ‘occidentosis’ as of tuberculosis. But perhaps it more closely resembles an infestation of weevils. Have you seen how they attack wheat? From the inside. The bran remains intact, but it is just a shell, like a cocoon left behind on a tree. At any rate, I am speaking of a disease: an accident from without, spreading in an environment rendered susceptible to it. Let us seek a diagnosis or this complaint and its causes – and, if possible, its cure.” There is sometimes a miniscule playing card on the floor, it is facedown & blue with stars and you will never turn it over. To complain of money will ruin your conversation; if you do not complain of money there is probably something wrong with your life. Perhaps you should call money “green zinnias.” “For a few hundred more green zinnias …” You sap. If we imagine the facts otherwise than as they are, certain language games lose some of their importance, while others become more important. Deer polish their antlers on fruit trees, like a human polishing apples on hir hair. Human hair hung from the lowest limb will keep out the deer. And truly it little matters what I say, this or that or any other thing. Saying is inventing. Wrong, very rightly wrong. You invent nothing, you think you are inventing, you think you are escaping, and all you do is stammer out your lesson, the remnants of a pensum one day got by heart and long forgotten, life without tears, as it is wept. To hell with it anyway. Where was I … and the river ripe with messages in corked vials (an old one of mine for Kansas still kicking — hope it makes it through the dam), veer along that hacksaw ridge, through a floppy pack of crows, and up into the vedas, the agrapha and jive, huh’s and sleeptalk, stupid questions, wrong directions, goodbyes at the stations, over slang slicks, past the Cellini cluster (the well-oiled flurry in a dark alley that paralyzed thieves), suitcases and silos full, hocus pocus, mumbo jumbo stirring gravel in kames, burps after passenger pigeon, sounds only Mavis Staples makes, last words, casual dismissals, calling dogs, summing ups (the hairball got ’em).
[Note: Sources: Niko Vassilakis, “deceive yourself further”, FB post, 16 May 013; JBR, but see Geof Huth, FB post, 16 May 013 (“The word ‘dauntitude’ has just been used. — at Society of American Archivists” (Geof tells me it was used [by Jackie Dooley] in a moment of goofiness …)); : Mikhail Emelianov, “How to Fake Your Way Through Hegel”, at Perverse Egalitarianism, 9 Jun 012, via Aindriu Macfehin, FB post, 16 May 013; JBR, but see next; Sarah Kurchak, and Carmen Electra, as quoted in Kurchak’s “Carmen Electra’s Got a Bigger Dick Than You”, at Noisey/Vice, 16 May 013; Erik Loomis, “Cambodian Shoe Factory Collapse”, at Lawyers, Guns & Money, 16 May 013; JBR, but see next; Jalal Al-I Ahmad, OCCIDENTOSIS: A Plague From the West (tr. R. Campbell), at Multiworld; Alice Notley, “The Prophet”, Ron Silliman, Ketjak, Mary Ruefle, “The Beautiful Is Negative”, Samuel Beckett, Molloy, Merrill Gilfillan, “Mouth of the Whosis”, as quoted in John Latta, “Wrong”, at Isola di Rifiuti, 16 May 013]