Nor is it a pan-psychism, organicism, or vitalism that we need, but rather a pan-mechanism. To be is to be a machine. Rocks are machines, stars are machines, trees are machines, people are machines, corporations are machines, revolutionary groups are machines, tardigrades are machines. “How is a disjunctive diversity increased by one?” In our spontaneity of movement, we discover arms that extend, spines that bend, knees that flex … Are all words metaphors? “... I sometimes feel like I'm traveling with Albanian hillsmen storming Byzantine nunneries” – then I watch myself lying on the floor, Orgone weapon Anacondas switching light bulbs on and off in Blue Krishna scorpios head. New Denver low, finding these dentures on the sidewalk. That grinding under the hood is what they call masticating colossus. Although I hadn’t played a game of chess for years, it was a pleasant distraction from some of the typical artist conversations that I prefer to avoid, such as discussions on the subjects of banality and abjection (I still don’t know what that word really means) and simulacral pacifiers and how obviously easy it is to die hair in the pattern of a rainbow, or how unsexy sex really is, when you start to think about it … every time a poet uses the word “problematic” an orphan dies ... I’m a rollercoaster ride enthusiast. I collect stuffed animals. I wish I had white eyelashes. How is “Rihanna looks like a duck” not trending? Headaches, muscle aches, sores, cuts, abrasions, fatigue, arousals, heartburn and sinusitis. “It was already happening, like the sun in this place, their lungs / helped them to arrive” / “What is it to embrace water?” Fuck the Ponzi scheme logics of twenty-first century earthscapes, which portray an array of time-bubbles, catastrophic deferrals, telecratic capture, and a voracious present that seems to practice a sort of tempophagy on itself corresponding with its structural premise of hyper-consumption and perpetual “growth.” The monkey of extraordinary powers battles the enormous polka-dot shishi lion. These are the facts. But what do they mean? I went to a standstill psychologically once – lapse of memory. I didn’t talk for 15 days. I couldn’t hear clearly. You can’t see – you’re blind – block everything out – disoriented, awareness is very bad. Did someone say he’s coming out of it? I think what I’m saying is true – not sure. I think I was drooling – a complete standstill. They come by [for breakfast] with four trays; the first has big pancakes – I think I’m going to get them. Then someone comes up and gives me tiny ones – they get real small, like silver dollars. I seem to see movements – real fast motions in front of me. Then seems like they’re doing things behind your back – can’t quite see them. Did someone just hit me? I dwell on it for hours. Melting, everything in the cell starts moving … in the alluvial plains papyrus lotus & tall reeds / willow polar and alder / fauna — gazelles / to run as such from the fallout / tell me hoss — how deep faith runs / when all you have are hammers:
take the lamp
& if you ever need anything
give us a rub
The founder Remus described a circle
with his plough thus subtracting
a space from nature and investing it
with political meaning.
The body is a model that can stand
For any bounded system. Its boundaries
can represent any boundaries
which are threatened or precarious.
*I had thousand $ bills in my hand-bag
The sun is already divided / Into a hundred arcs.
[Note: Sources: Levi R Bryant, and Alfred North Whitehead, as quoted in Bryant’s “Machine-Oriented Ontology: Towards a Pan-Mechanism”, at Larval Subjects, 21 Jun 012; Maxine Sheets-Johnstone, The Primacy of Movement, as quoted in Sondra Fraleigh, “Essay Review of Maxine Sheets-Johnstone’s the Primacy of Movement (Summer, 2002)”, at Digital Commons: State University of New York, Brockport; JBR; Charles Olson, on travelling with the Fugs, as quoted in Anne Gorrick, Facebook post, 21 Jun 012; Edward Nichols, “Hexenhaus”, at experiential-experimental-literature, 21 Jun 012; Julia Cohen, “Complete Blood Press”, at $650 Apartment for $650, 21 Jun 012; Richard Owens, Clutch; Brianne Latti, as quoted in Geoff Tuck, “She didn’t even want to play, really she didn’t. (That’s why she made him cry.)”, at Notes on Looking, 21 Jun 012; John Sakkis, “follow me on Twitter (BAAAAAARF!) …”, at Both Both, 12 May 012; John Olson, “The Human Body: A Morality Play”, at Tillalala Chronicles, 21 Jun 012; Andrea Rexilius, Half of What They Carried Flew Away, as quoted in Matthew Dickman, “Free Verse: Alien Poems”, at Tin House, 19 Jun 012; JBR; Tom Cohen, “Murmurations — ‘Climate Change’ and the Defacement of Theory”, in Telemorphosis: Theory in the Era of Climate Change Volume 1 (ed. Tom Cohen), at Open Humanities Press; title of print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, seen at The Body as Conduit, 21 Jun 012; Lisa Guenther, and a number of imprisoned people describing their solitary confinement, as quoted in Guenther’s letter to Sen. Dick Durbin, in Guenther’s “Senate Committee Invites Written Testimony on Solitary Confinement”, at New Apps, 12 Jun 012; Richard Owens, “Statement of Course”, in Chanson de Geste, at BlazeVOX; Jack Collom and Lyn Hejinian,“Sunflower”, in Situations, Sings]