“What can you see? A lung-shaped tree and the nest. Who are these people? The same people. Why have they come here? To speak to one another. Is it so difficult for one person to speak to another? We are always getting back from places whose names we cannot pronounce. Will the names be pronounced here? We cannot pronounce them. How then is this a solution? So we will [or will we?] dance?” How old are you, Carl? I’m 50 years old not counting the 34 years I went barefoot. NUDE DRIVER THREW LARD. Jack Spicer invented the clap-on clap-off lamp. Fatty Arbuckle faked his own death and ended up running a go-cart track in Alabama. Hypersonic flight is a potential frontier for aeronautics. Companies know this well. Inscentivation, for example, owns a scent that increases betting on slot machines in casinos by 45%, while Bodywise treats its bills with an odour that makes them 17% more likely to be paid. Here facts are no longer sacred; we are at play in the bush of ghosts, free to opine and to generalise about “Africa” and “the African”. Then follows what the Paul Ryans of Amerika have instead of Vision Quests: a solid six months to a year alone in a room listening to Led Zeppelin, trying to decipher the lyrics. That is, I grew up in Westchester, New York with a pretty normal suburban upbringing, so I don’t have a good explanation for why I was into gouging out my own eyeballs, slashing up my body, and pulling out my innards and eating them. The installation consists of hundreds of Chinese scissors, a hovering massive cloud of scissors, suspended from the ceiling, points down. Visitors cut up a giant cloth, the fragments of which the artist, sitting under the cloud, stitches back together. Nine times out of ten still can’t induce vomiting (I cough up blood first! what am I doing wrong?) Nine times out of ten still don’t consider this a lucky break for me even though it obviously is. “Perhaps all sentient beings” are like wind harps. From this point of view, GDP is heavily weighted as an indicator of the natural misery of the environment one lives in. “I think I have contracted Ballistic Organ Syndrome Mad Quail Disease”. Whitey’s on Mars. The revolution will be favorited. Morgan has been listening to Bone Thugs in the parking lot of the Montessouri school since before you knew what favstar was. (“Aggressively shucking corn while listening to my new roommate fuck 4 people in her ‘den of peace’.”) Gatorade, chicken fingers, wept like a baby. It’s a slow process, realizing one’s place in a heat death universe, and here Hart makes a rope of his findings. He tugs us into whitened backyard gardens once we’re sweaty, jumping, diving in mosh pits, so that we don’t turn to ice, then he quotes Blake Schwarzenbach: “I believe in desperate acts, the kind that make me look stupid” and later replaces “stupid” with “both ways when crossing my fingers behind my back”. C major — snow, his daughter’s teddy bear, a hole in his sweater; E minor — The Minutemen, Bowie, Gang of Four, sweat dripping, cuts filling with pus; G — particle physics dipped in red wine, white hole bursting from your belly, each star telling you run … run, damn it. We arrived / the big empty / we follow yachts / the path of canals / we watch fires burn / [the wax museum] / Courtney Love tied down and thrashing / Michael Jackson’s felt codpiece / this is the nightly news / this is the promised land.
[Note: Sources: Laura Solomon, The Hermit, via Mitch Taylor, Facebook, 14 Aug 012; JBR; Jonathan Williams, “Carving a Few Pine Lines With Carl McKenzie Up Snaky Holler, Nada, Kentucky”, and “Nude Driver Threw Lard”, in Jubilant Thicket; Kevin Davies, “Lateral Argument”, as quoted in Amy De’Ath, “‘Not not this. What, this then?’: Kevin Davies and the Merely Interesting”, at Contemporary Poetics Research Center, Poetry and Revolution Conference Schedule; Daily Mail article, as quoted in Tony Morrill, “US Military Tests X-51A, Capable of Speeds up to 4,500 MPH”, at Disinformation, 14 Aug 012; Jacob Sloan, “How Advertisers Manipulate Us Through Scent And Sound”, at Disinformation, 14 Aug 012 (paraphrasing Constance Classen, David Howes and Anthony Synnott. Aroma); John Ryle, as quoted by Neal Ascherson, as quoted in Morgan Meis, “NO MORAL GIANT, THEN”, at 3 Quarks Daily, 14 Aug 012; Harry Cheadle, “Paul Ryan, All-American Teenager”, at Vice, 14 Aug 012; JBR; Gabe Bartalos, as quoted in Jennifer Juniper Stratford, “OFF HOLLYWOOD – GABE BARTALOS”, at Vice, 14 Aug 012; Christopher Jobson, “Artist Beili Liu Embroiders Underneath Hundreds of Suspended Scissors”, at Colossal, 14 Aug 012; Bookbat, “nine times out of ten …”, at The Bookbat, 13 Aug 012; Percy Bysshe Shelley, “A Defence of Poetry”, and Timothy Morton, as quoted in Morton’s “An Object-Oriented Defense of Poetry”, in New Literary History 43, as linked to in Kris Coffield, “New Literary History: OOO Essays”, at Fractured Politics, 13 Aug 012; Wikipedia article on Philip M. Parker (re his Physioeconomics: The Basis for Long-Run Economic Growth); Allen B. Ruch, as quoted in John Coulthart, “Books Borges Never Wrote”, at Feuilleton, 13 Aug 012, and The Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases (eds. Jeff VanderMeer & Mark Roberts), at Feuilleton; Crispin Best, Lord Crunkington III, Lorian Long, Gene Morgan, as quoted in Melissa Broder, “THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF TWEETS – vol 2”, at HTMLGIANT, 13 Aug 012; Crystal Hoffman, “Sermons and Lectures Both Blank and Relentless”, at HTMLGIANT, 13 Aug 012 (Sermons and Lectures is by Matt Hart); Jane Sprague, The Port of Los Angeles, as quoted in Michael Kelleher, “Aimless Reading: The S’s, Part 48 (Jane Sprague)”, at Pearlblossom Highway, 13 Aug 012; JBR]