in the arsehole of diogenes

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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

from The Diwan of Abu'l-Ala by Abu al-Ala al-Ma'arri

(whose statue was recently beheaded by Sa'udi agents in Syria)

Now this doctrine for a while prevails
  Until it's by another overthrown,
  Because we dare not live with life alone,
But crave companionship with fairy-tales.

Paradox and War

Capitalism requires pools of the employable,
which are created for it by the nation-state,
its ever-indebted whore.
But its process (which is often called progress)
creates lakes of unemployment and unemployables
- except in times of war and recovery from war.

A dissident art-work.


"..not only a teapot of exquisite beauty,
but it doubles as a sieve!" 











said my old friend Tom Bevan,
who now lives in New York.


Monday, 30 December 2013

Being British.

Inventing the rules.
Imposing them everywhere
especially North America.
Priding yourself on
playing by the rules -
though, of course,
you bend them
at your convenience.

Gazing at the beautiful,

the broken-hearted fields,
I think of slaves in mines
and ploughshares made from shields.

Sunday, 29 December 2013

There is a big difference

 between rights and values.
We should not be missionaries,
relentlessly presenting people
with a programme, a show of rights -
but rather inspiring them
with modest values such as old
Ottoman tolerance.

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Inside the contemporary brain.


Saturday, 28 December 2013

The more crimes

that governments invent,
the less morality
and the more venality
there is, and the more corrupt
is our intent.

Ripe imagination.

On the map
Ireland looks like a badly-damaged fœtus;
France like a bear nailed up to prove
that animals have no souls, no feelings;
and England, clutching Wales like a snatched pig's head,
looks like a Djinn or Genie rising from
a dark whirlpool in the ocean
to push Scotland towards the Islands of the Dead.

Friday, 27 December 2013

How stupid can a statistic be ?


"For every tank that is manufactured
131,000 stuffed animals are made."

- Not 131,649.

Some stuffed animals go into tanks.
They call themselves 'humans'.

For every stuffed animal that is manufactured
several hundred thousand real animals are killed,
including nice furry ones, such as Orang-Utans,
Gorillas, many species of Monkey, Polar Bears,
Badgers, Capybaras and Sea-otters.
 

Confession

of an inept old blighter.
   It was only yesterday that I learned
- via youTube (its glory is well-earned !) -
how to refill* a butane-lighter !


*It must be completely emptied before refilling,
otherwise an air-lock will occur 

- which is why my various,
previous, frustrated, stressful
attempts were unsuccessful.


The Minotaur confesses :

the cleverer you are,
the more clueless, too.

http://www.beyond-the-pale.co.uk/index2.htm

Thursday, 26 December 2013

People who love living alone

don't get jealous.

Jesus said: Blessed are the Poor in Spirit.

But did he mean the moneylenders,
the moneylaunderers, the bankers
- or the normals
- or the suicides ? 
We are all poor in Spirit.

Not to mention Awareness,
being only a little more cognizant than birds
of our terrestrial and cosmic surroundings.As for the tangled, bloody thicket of our consciousness,
the most important parts of the little
we allow ourselves to be aware of
are beyond words...

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

The Dutch for "merry" is "vrolijk".

If only Christmas
and New Year
were more frolic
than oppression and false cheer...

A Smug Snobs' Christmas Dinner chez Auban

There are no "decorations",
no presents, no cards, no visitors.
While peppers (abandoned by a market-stall)
roast on the red-hot oak-logs,
and we download Ibsen's Ghosts from the BBC,
and we consume a simple, meatless meal,
including a deep and crisp and humble crumble,
we listen to Beethoven's "Waldstein" sonata
played by Pletnev, and Schnittke's Third Quartet,
and, between the two, with glasses raised
discuss the insubstantial nature of "social capital".

Being anti-natalist anti-capitalists
we are wonderfully free of family
and marvellously rich in anti-social capital.

The self-satisfied above was composèd just before
a knocking sounded on our door -
and lo! our incomprehensible and gaily-dressed Basque gypsy mumbling marijuana-growing friend
(currently serving a suspended sentence which he received
for driving yet again without a licence or insurance)
came in (with his sweet old dog) - to ask if they could share
our no more than usually sacred meal on Christmas Eve.

He brought a bottle, a baguette and a tin of cassoulet -
ach! with large chunks of duck in it!
and started rolling a joint. We revised our plan a little,
replacing Beethoven with Mazzy Star, Ron Wood, Jerry Garcia and Tom Waits.
(This proved so appropriate that the 80-minute compilation was played twice.)
The spinach and tomato soup, the big mixed green salad and the humble crumble
were consumed, as originally planned,
and, the atmosphere being inevitably mellow*,
two of us reflected upon social and anti-social capital
while we smiled benignly upon our younger fellow.
























 * (this word comes from French moëlleux, which originally referred to the softness of bone-marrow.
I have invented the word noëlleux, which celebrates the French language without having too clear a meaning...)


A picture to help you appreciate your Christmas dinner

I think the last sentence is something of an exaggeration ! 

























Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Monday, 23 December 2013

Dear Readers,

I discovered today
to my horror :-)
that 19 comments
(dating back to August)
had not been published.
Please forgive me.
I have now corrected this.

I also discovered how many visit[or]s
I had last week, and where they reside:

Russia
193
United States
176
France
90
United Kingdom
56
Canada
50
Germany
29
Japan
11
Hungary
10
Netherlands
9
Serbia                 9

None in Vanuatu,
alas! 
Apart from that
I don't know
what to say...

To the corrupt only suicide is unthinkable.

"Almost everyone in Africa
has a mobile phone," the banker said.
"So let us bank the rank unbankable."

Expelled from the Paradise of Cruelty

Good and evil
are moon and sun
Heaven and Hell
have rotten doors.
The world is won
or lost by whores.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Zensualist

Zen of orgasm:
the not-having is more
sensual than the having.

        [ link ]

Grapes at Christmas

variety: Fragole (Strawberry Grape)
Still edible and delicious - since September - on the front
of my house at Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val.





Saturday, 21 December 2013

Friday, 20 December 2013

Those who don't count

are countless.

On Poetry and Publishing

What is offered freely
most people do not want.
They prefer packaged, processed cant.

(There is, of course, some really terrible stuff on poemhunter.com
- but no-one makes a mean living out of it...)

Thursday, 19 December 2013

The moon is the night's glass eye

- The best glass eyes
are made in Germany.

- Which is why
every German has
at least one glass eye.
- Glass eyes are like
Murano birds.
Nor can they fly.

- Business eyes are
dead birds gorged
on poisoned snails
fallen from a blood-streaked sky.

- Yonder, shimmering, shivering,

the Isle of the Dead
is made of eyes.


December dewdrops in my orchard, Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Nel mezzo del cammin de nostra vita

What's the point of education
when people who know
the whole Divine Comedy by heart
are clubbed to death
by people who have only faith ?

Haiku

Full moon, December...
pale men in a sauna look like
ice-creams ovening.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Consciousness kills

To write good narrative well
seems to be a not-uncommon ability
- to judge from the present Golden Age
of Brit-Irish fiction
- which maybe is related to
our ever-declining sense of smell,
and less and less tactility.

Oppression and interiority


Saturday, 14 December 2013

A good relationship

is like a good meal
(but longer-lasting) -
not fancy restaurant-food,
but a meal you make yourselves
spontaneously, to music,
and to music consume
slowly and lovingly
by soft candlelight.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The motto of a blog called

К черту !
- "I am a snobbish misanthrope 
and people are usually too dumb to notice it."

I call this 'Laudable Transparency'.

On the other hand, nobody reading this
my blog could be in any doubt that I, too, am
a snobbish misanthrope !

The Observing Minotaur

Most people's lives
resemble the
daubed walls of an
underground car-park.

Let there be light!

said God. And behold!
God saw incredible
piles of dirt.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Every sedentary,

every civilised society
necessarily
depends on slavery or exploitation
of people somewhere
and animals everywhere.


Monday, 9 December 2013

Intelligence

is a kind of refined taste and appetite
for ideas.

Rhapsody on a lovely word

My cyberfriend Karl
wrote yesterday to say
that Houellebecq's Atomised
was a masterpiece.
Did I read it ?
I can't remember.
So many books...
turning into word-thought-sludge...
So little time…
turning into experience-sludge...
Grey sludge in the skull.
Brown sludge in the grave
slimy and suave
like liquid fudge.
All is sludge.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Anniversary of an Emergency

I once joined the Royal Air Force
to train as an interpreter
so I could become a Secret Agent
for the people that the British
were currently oppressing.

I was thrown out only because
I volubly protested
that I was to be taught not Arabic
but Russian - which would have led
to a dingy office and translating-job
suicidally depressing.

The Apotheosis of Appropriation

Heard on the radio:
"The whole world owns Nelson Mandela."

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Words from a Spermless Wonder

No convent or monastery
can accommodate a solitary.

It is difficult for the famous -

especially the saintly famous -
to keep in touch with the real world
of the lumpen-proletariat,
the lumpen-bourgeoisie and the anonymous -
especially when they have just died
and become fantastically useful
to devilish politicians.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Perhaps

the worst thing that the Russians did in Europe
was to introduce (to the aristocrats of France,
mid-18th century) the Chinese tradition
of serving meals in courses,
where, before, élites in Europe followed
the Middle Eastern tradition of mezze,
all dishes served together, to be sampled as one chooses
- the most rational, sympathetic
and accommodating way to eat.

Have the arts of Russia (Dostoyevsky, Chekhov, Schnittke,
Rachmaninov, Kustodiev, etc.) purged that  sin ?
Not quite.

The only dignity

is in humility.


An interesting piece of propaganda.
























In fact Morocco was not part of the Caliphate in 841 CE,
but an independent country ruled  by the Idrisid dynasty.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

A Revealing Religious Conundrum

Aziz
could recite the entire Qu'ran from memory
at the age of ten : one of a minuscule
number of Muslims who are and have been
thus guaranteed entry into Heaven.
He is now an atheist, and attends
an Ex-Muslims Support Group.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Sea-eagle steals video-camera...

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/sea-eagle-creates-wildlife-film-after-stealing-camera-1.1614471















...and makes own in-flight wildlife movie.

From the Oracle of Amygdala

Smells are more subtle, more primeval than wines.
Some, pheromonal like ripe armpits, wet leaves,
twelfth-century churches and horse-sweat,
can be appreciated only by a few of us:
more rich and gorgeous than works
by Rachmaninov or Vuillard,
yet to others null - or, conversely,
comparable with crap,
as to me deodorants, after-shaves and most perfumes
are comparable with
American cinema, Zyklon-B, fast-food or rap.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Improved Hearing ?

When I told the doctor
that I found I was turning down music-volume
a little bit after each cataract operation,
and was also experiencing slightly-louder tinnitus,
he regarded me with the usual expression
of pity and contempt.
Thus the continuing arrogance
of the medical profession.

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Saturday, 30 November 2013

Old Love

"Why should not old men be mad ?"

To be young and to fall in love
is almost universal, quite banal -
prose thinking it is poetry.

But to fall in love as Leoš Janáček did
when he was over sixty
and I am doing now more calmly
at seventy-two -
not with a young woman
but a man of my own age -
is to start another book,
not merely turn another page.

I also love this man.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Mujica

José Mujica

He is President of Uruguay,
he never wears a tie,
and is the world's 'poorest' head of state:
 "A roly-poly former Tupamaros guerrilla 
who grows flowers on a small farm 
and swears by vegetarianism
 (although he is not vegetarian),
he is an avowed atheist..."


His official protection comprises
two policemen and his three-legged dog.
He gives almost all of his salary away.
 

A dissident artwork.



"Not only a teapot of exquisite beauty,
- but it doubles as a sieve!"
said its creator,
an old friend of mine, now in New York.










Friday, 29 November 2013

The slow end of our history

perhaps began some time after 1950
(well after Nagasaki)
when popular music
started to become anti-music,
when pornography became anti-erotic,
and children became parents.

A Welcome Change.

I saw a Yuletide shop-window display
In Northern Ireland
at the beginning of October.
I'm so very very glad
that Christmas this year
is already over.

Thursday, 28 November 2013

The dull disaster

of representative democracy
is due to the dictatorship
of a "free" press perverted
and controlled by the dead hand
of anti-democrats.

Random statistics

I read somewhere
that there are 40 words in Sanskrit
for types and conditions of Dog
(though this may well not be true).

The second most-spoken language
in the United Kingdom of Great Britain
and Northern Ireland (where one million
mobile phones are discarded every month)
is Polish - not Welsh, nor Lallans, nor Urdu...

A glimpse of the recent past.

Berry pickers
had to sing as they picked
to show that they were not
eating the berries.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Keep them in Perpetual Childhood.

"The first thing that will strike the observer is the sheer multitude of people, all equal, all similar, incessantly endeavouring [through wage-slavery] to procure petty, paltry pleasures with which to glut their lives.  Each of them, living separate lives, is a stranger to all the others.  Family and friends fill their vision of the world to the exclusion of others, however close in time and space.  Individuals exist only in themselves, for themselves alone.

"Above this pullulation of humanity stands an immense and tutelary Power, which alone is responsible for securing people/s gratifications,and monitors their fate.  That power is absolute, micro-managing, reliably regular, beneficent.  It would be just like parental authority if its object was to prepare people for adulthood.  But it seeks, on the contrary, to keep them in perpetual childhood."

- Alexis de Tocqueville

[He was writing about the USA, but his extremely perceptive comments could apply to the whole "developed" (once called "free") world.]

After the lynching,

the burning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLTtiJY6I1M
United States of America,  The (self-styled) Free World, 1956.

England - the home of Liberal Values - 2012 : 
an Iranian refugee is kicked to death
then set on fire in front of a mob.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Comfort

not only leads to meanness,
mean-mindedness, and ever-greater hypocrisy
- but is also as addictive as sugar.

The problem with systems

is that they have no
self-awareness.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

What the moralists and legalists don't understand

is that Morals are a drab and dour
and self-defeating substitute,
crippling prosthetics,
for holo-æsthetics.

Optimism :

the simple, simple-minded
denial of tragedy.

Friday, 22 November 2013

If you systematically mated Bonobos with Chimpanzees

and fed them lots of meat and sugar
for a few thousand years,
this is what might result  >

Progress - what progress ?

Spoons
were used thousands of years before knives.
But the best spoons
were sharp shells
which also served as knives,
and could be thrown away
with environmental friendliness.



Anti-natalists

understand, implicitly or otherwise,
that almost all human problems
are problems of scale
- that is to say, numbers.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Yesterday was World Toilet Day.

Over 500 million women have to crap at night
out in the open or in bushes, risking rape
and murder because they have no sensible toilet facilities
after several thousand years of civilisation.
And if they had WCs there might well be no water left to drink.

Meanwhile, in China, young women are starting to wear
Hairy Legs Stockings, to discourage men from harassing
and assaulting them.

http://www.thewire.com/entertainment/2013/06/chinas-anti-pervert-stockings-might-be-greatest-joke-weibo-ever-played/66367/























I must get me several pairs...