the evolution of the autonomic nervous system provides an organizing principle to interpret the adaptive signiﬁcance of physiological responses in promoting social behavior. I had to jump through the hoop which wasn’t smooth, yet wasn’t rigid, but was moving while it coaxed me with all those infuriating prompts that would make something dilate inside me while another thing would shrink & I hate the economic symbiosis that I’m in with the imaginary ring of gold that hates me. Move on? Word on the Street is that J.P. Morgan’s exposure is so large that it can’t dump these bad bets without affecting the market and losing even more money. So what is the “real thing?” “You can go backwards and forwards / with wheels made of water.” To cut a long story short, what we traditionally call reality is in fact a simple montage. Reasons include the high cost of fabrication and technical difficulties. RAD GLUCOSE. RAD GLUCOSE IN YR MEMBRANE BABY DOLL! GLOGY (as in a grungy logos or earth-crunched glory), a ‘trade history step’ subjunctively pitches into the gap that opens an arena ‘perpetually in you’ to perform the implicit ritual ‘greeting I live neuroscience’, given that the dazzle remains unengageable at this point: ‘that one star is / brighter than the rest but then it is / probably not a star.’ You ran through quicker than I could, bathed in, well, a particulate blade that renders desire, the compressed grounds of primordial material of the solar betting transmitted intact through time. Like bear-baiting. It is how would I say it. I am afraid of white. Helium, like hydrogen has a sufficiently low molecular weight to escape to space. Here are the adorable deformed animals in Berg’s “In the Heart of Guinea Pig Darkness”: The gorge is swarming with guinea pigs. They crawl on each other like spiders … The guinea pigs are swarming and crawling around on the gigantic guinea-pig queen’s sensitive, swollen egg-white body. She gives birth and groans, she moans and bleeds. Everywhere the membranes, everywhere their bloated puff bellies. We run with the heart in the tunnel, you and I, while nervous systems break down behind us, while the amniotic fluid surges in the pumping, pulsing chasm. Down the center of the sky behind the moon’s a storm. In the left light’s a flayed human. He’s on the lightning phone. The see-through horse, the gridded horse, the horse-dog, get smaller and smaller. But I should ask if there’s a sign of hope in the remark about Adorno and the torn halves of culture being reintegrated. If so, I can hardly believe that! Would Keston Sutherland believe for a second that poetry can be made relevant again by a new or newly imagined mode of poetic practice? Would he have us remember the sign Walter Benjamin found around the toy donkey at Brecht’s home? From this phylogenetic orientation, the polyvagal theory proposes a biological basis for social behavior.
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